NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco and to the National Security Council! My name is Jack Steinberg and I’m really excited to chair our committee. I am a sophomore studying government and minoring in Islamic studies.
The National Security Council (NSC) is an essential part of the Executive Branch and has helped advise the president since its inception under President Truman. Specifically, the NSC’s function is to advise and assist the president on all matters pertaining to national security and foreign policy.
As a committee, we will be tackling two extremely important issues that are nation is facing: the Syrian Civil War and the Disposition Matrix. Beyond discussing these issues and all of their complexities, you’ll have an inside look at how our democracy functions and will be able to learn about parliamentary procedure with students from all around the world. While at times the committee might be difficult and tiring, you will leave the conference with an exposure to a multitude of different viewpoints and a better perspective from which to approach and analyze issues that you come across in the future.
As our time in San Francisco comes closer, I hope that you familiarize yourself with the information in the briefings and do your own outside research so that you can bring your best ideas to the committee. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the conference or if you just want to introduce yourself!
As your committee chair, I am excited to not only make our time together interesting, but also truly entertaining and engaging. I can’t wait to get to know you all and hear all the exciting ideas you bring to California!