Paul Keppler-Gouras


of the


John F. Kennedy School

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Security Council! 

At this year’s BERMUN conference, the SC will be discussing the topic of “Sustainable Development in a Capitalist World” , with a focus on Foreign Economic Involvement in the Sahel Region. The Sahel is one of the most unstable regions in the world, with humanitarian crises, environmental crises and civil wars affecting most of the countries located in the Sahel. Countries, such as China and France have heavily invested in Sahelian countries Especially through the Belt and Road Initiative, China has invested massive amounts of money to use the manufacturing capabilities and extract resources of the Sahel Region. The investment China has made in the Sahel, however, remains controversial, seeing as many argue that their investments are purely to serve their own interests.Yet even with foreign investment, the fragile situation in the Sahel only seems to be worsening with countries like Mali being more unstable than ever. This begs the question, whether foreign investments in this region are actually helping or if it is actually allowing terrorist organizations, such as Boko Haram, to cause more instability. 

I encourage everyone to participate actively and constructively in debate, and work with fellow delegates from across the world to create an effective SC resolution, addressing Foreign Investment in the Sahel Region. 

BERMUN will be my seventh conference, and my fifth time in the SC. I am a 17-year-old student at the John F. Kennedy School, and I am currently in 12th grade. I was born in Berlin, but have also spent a lot of time in New York and Shanghai. Apart from school and MUN, I enjoy cooking, and playing tennis and soccer.

I look forward to meeting you at BERMUN!


Paul Keppler-Gouras

President of the Security Council

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