Boko Haram

Boko Haram is an islamic militant group located in Nigeria. This group was created by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, and since its origination, the Islamic group has attempted to shelter the Nigerian people from non-Islamic leadership, and from interacting/affiliating itself with Western philosophies, or specifically education. Boko Haram loosely translates to "Western education is forbidden", however, the beliefs perpetuated by the group against the West extend far beyond the sole education and western teachings. Boko Haram is an all-encompassing anti-western group which strives to turn Nigeria into a fully-functional Islamic state that does not deal with non-believers and even attempts to cleanse the environment of those whom they deem “unfit”. However, Boko Haram has historically claimed that it is simply an organization that wants to exercise its right to protest and take action against government and leadership that they see as oppressive or not in alignment with the direction that they believe the country is headed or should be headed. However, are Boko Haram’s intentions to protest a political system as they claim, moral, or are their actions against others and the values they preach that of a terrorist group in which does more harm than good? Our committee strives to spark debate over the actions and intentions of Boko Haram and its impact in the current world climate, one which is already so divided. Delegates will entertain ideas of compromise and dealing with crises that occur on behalf and affecting Boko Haram and their vendetta.

BAckground Guide

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Chair: Josh Sugarman

I am Josh Sugarman and I am a sophomore. I have taken part in Model UN since 6th grade, in the middle school club, where I participated in conferences and the logistics of the club, leading to my eventual role of co-leader of the club in eighth grade. I am on the varsity swim team and varsity lacrosse team at Fieldston, and received a black belt in Taekwondo when I was eight. I am also an avid writer in the newspaper club. I have developed a great passion for Model UN and believe your experience in middle school will make you better researchers, historians and strategists

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Chair: spencer sussman

I am Spencer Sussman, and I am a sophomore this year, but I have participated in model UN since the 6th grade. It has become an integral part of my school experience and I have loved every minute of it! In middle school, I helped to co-lead our club.  Outside of MUN, I play baseball, play violin in a city-wide youth orchestra, and most importantly, watch The Office on Netflix.

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Crisis Director: Ross kaplan

Hi, my name is Ross Kaplan. I am 16 years old and attend the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. I am on the baseball team and, outside of school I enjoy skiing and hanging out with my friends. Feel free to email me at with any questions. I am excited to meet all of you in May!


Crisis Director: Jonathan Poss

Hi my name is Jonathan Poss. I am a sophomore at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. I am a member of the Fieldston News and I play on the baseball and squash teams and outside of school I enjoy playing tennis. You can email me at if you have any questions. Excited to meet all of you in May!