Dear Delegates

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress Asia 2017!

The NEC is the President’s most important source of economic advice, providing guidance on economic policy generally as well as the economic impact of political goals and initiatives. In committee, we’ll be talking about some of the most important economic issues facing the country today. Your job is to research these issues and come prepared to synthesize difficult topics and provide economic advice to the president.

We’ll start out by talking about reforms targeted at regulating financial innovation. Through this discussion, we’ll look more at the causes of the 2008 financial crisis and the legislation that was introduced as a result. Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle continue to debate financial matters, with a particular concern about “preventing Wall Street from wrecking Main Street.”

From there, we’ll pivot to an international focus and talk about Iranian sanction relief. This is an important example of the impact that economic policy has on international affairs, in addition to the more immediately obvious domestic concerns. Given the globalization of recent decades, this topic is sure to prompt interesting discussions.

As you prepare for the conference, read through both briefings carefully. They analyze difficult but important topics. And as always, feel free to reach out to either of us if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to meeting you all soon!

All the best,
Ryan O’Meara and Matt Keating
Chairs, National Economic Council

Pre-Conference Assignment

Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.

About Us

Matthew Keating

National Economic Council
Matthew Keating is a freshman at Harvard studying Government with a focus on American foreign policy and international law.  Originally from Maryland, Matthew spent much of his time in high school running Maryland Youth and Government – a mock state legislature program for high school students. Matthew has extensive experience working on political campaigns on the local, state, and national level, and loves engaging with young people on the topic of youth engagement and voter apathy. In his free time, Matthew enjoys language learning, trying new food, and watching videos of Corgis on the internet.

Ryan O'Meara

National Economic Council
Ryan is a junior at Harvard studying economics with a secondary field in government and a citation in Spanish. Originally from Plano, TX, he enjoys playing golf and rooting for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. In addition to HMC, he writes for The Crimson and teaches leadership to high school students.