Dear Delegates

Welcome to Senate Foreign Relations—the most high profile committee at Harvard Model Congress Asia. The Foreign Relations committee has a tough job at hand. It must constantly keep a tab on foreign conflicts, trade deals, and developments abroad. From one day to the next, the focus of the committee can change. Indeed, our focus in committee will shift between two incredibly important topics: The China Sea and US-Turkey Relations.

As you prepare for the conference, we encourage you to follow both topics in the coming months. While your guide provides a strong basis, success in the committee will require outside reading and an awareness of the most recent developments. We would encourage you to read a wide array of sources, and to sharply critique and consider the biases of each source. Once you’ve begun to understand the topic, begin to think critically about what solutions might best fit challenge.

Of course, your solution and ideas should be shaped by the view of your senator. You must understand the senator you represent and use his or her policies to inform the policies you advocate for in committee. In order to best understand the policies, please review your senator’s website and look through his public statements. We are excited to work with you in January and the months leading up to the conferences to help you gain a deeper understanding of these issues. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out.

All the best,
Tyler Olkowski and Jeffrey Huang
Chairs, Senate Foreign Relations

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

Jefferey Huang

Senate Foreign Relations
Jefferey, originally from sunny Southern California, is currently a sophomore living in Winthrop House. In the classroom, he is studying Art History and Computer Science. On campus, he is also involved with various organizations such as Club Basketball and Springboard (the design club).

Tyler Olkowski

Senate Foreign Relations
Tyler Olkowski is a senior at Harvard College pursuing a degree in Social Studies and a Spanish Certificate from South Bend, Indiana. Beyond HMC, Tyler serves as a Peer Advising Fellow for incoming freshmen. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, attempting to play them, and naps.