Reza the Roof: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s Cabinet of Iran, 1945

 The year is 1945 and the Second World War has ended. For much of the war, Iran has been occupied by two allied superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, in order to ensure the flow of material to continue the fight on the Eastern Front in Europe. During the initial invasion, the Shah of Iran, Reza Shah Pahlavi, was deposed and replaced by his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The war took an economic toll on Iran, which was recognized during the Tehran Conference, where the Big Three Powers (Soviet Union, United Kingdom, United States) pledged aid and to recognize Iran’s independence after the war. The committee will convene in a pivotal time for Iran. With the Second World War over, Iran must chart a new path forward. Delegates will have to contend externally with the formation of a new world order and the start of the Cold War, and internally with structural, economic, and social issues stemming from a new untested government and a modernizing society. The choice of how to lead Iran and its people forward is now in delegates’ hands.


Sachit Agrawal

Chair

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ChoMUN! My name is Sachit Agrawal, and I will be your Chair for this committee. I am currently a second-year at the University of Chicago, originally from Los Angeles, and majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Statistics. On campus, I work as a tutor for the Neighborhood Schools Program, am involved in MUNUC, UChicago’s high school MUN conference, and am the Vice President of my residence house. This past fall quarter, I studied abroad in Beijing, focusing on Chinese language and culture, which was an invaluable learning experience. I have been involved in Model UN for six years, and I am super excited to be chairing this committee. This is a crucial time period in Iranian History, which we look forward to expanding on through the course of the ChoMUN weekend. I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing everything you bring to this conference. Enjoy Chicago!

Sincerely, Sachit Agrawal

Chair, Shah of Iran’s Cabinet, 1945
 

Alexander Vinarov

Crisis Director

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Shah of Iran’s Cabinet in 1945, at ChoMUN XXIII. My name is Alexander Vinarov, and I will be one of your crisis directors for this committee. I am currently a sophomore at The University of Chicago, planning on majoring in Environmental Science and History. On campus, I am involved with UChicago’s high school conference (MUNUC), with our Model UN travel team, and with our club tennis team. I hope that this committee will serve as a springboard for diving into a rich area of Middle Eastern history and international affairs. Having family in Iran, I have always been passionate about learning about Iranian history and culture, and I cannot wait to share this passion with you all over the course of the conference. This is a pivotal, yet often overlooked time for Iran, and I look forward to seeing how you all work towards bringing the country into the postwar era.

Sincerely, Alexander Vinarov

Crisis Director, Shah of Iran’s Cabinet, 1945

Thomas Weil

Crisis Director

Dear Delegates,

My name is Thomas Weil, and I will be one of your crisis directors. I am currently a sophomore at The University of Chicago, majoring in Political Science and GIS. I have done Model UN for 5 years, choosing to only help run conferences at UChicago, because I get more pleasure out of setting up and orchestrating simulations than I do participating in them. On campus I am involved in Model UN, Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy, and ultimate frisbee (B team). I have always had an interest in international affairs, public speaking, and policy, which has fueled my love for United Nations and political debates. I hope that committee is a fun, rewarding experience for all of the delegates, and we can all improve our knowledge of history, politics, decision making, and cooperation. From the pro-soviet formation of the Azerbaijan People's government to a confusing coup this is a very formative time for Iran and the world, so I hope we can create a better world together!

Sincerely, Thomas Weil

Crisis Director, Shah of Iran’s Cabinet, 1945


Secretariat oversight:

Christian Metivier, Under-Secretary-General