Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2019! Our names are Luke Melas-Kyriazi and Sahar Mohammadzadeh, and we are thrilled to be your chairs for the Senate Intelligence Committee this year.
This conference, you will take the role of a senator in the Senate Intelligence Committee. As a senator, you will be tasked with balancing national problems, state interests, and party loyalties. You will grapple with policy questions, draft resolutions, lobby for legislation, and perhaps even address a crisis. We hope that through this process, you will learn more about our political system, explore your passion for politics, and engage with a diverse range of viewpoints.
As members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, you have the opportunity and responsibility to address vital national security issues. This year, the committee will focus on a number of interesting and relevant topics, including cybersecurity in the financial sector and the privacy concerns of government location tracking.
Throughout our discussions, you will ask and answer questions concerning the use of non-personally identifiable data, the regulation of equities market-making, the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, and much more –– all while keeping the nation’s budget and your states’ interests in mind.
We hope that you are as excited for these topics as we are, and we hope this excitement propels you to come prepared with ideas on how we can solve these problems. We expect you to be familiar with and informed on all of the briefing topics, and encourage you to conduct your own research on the briefing topics using the briefings we provide as a starting point. Outside of the briefing topics, we also recommend that you stay up to date on current events, especially news relevant to your senator’s state.
Our goal as committee chairs is to provide an intellectually engaging environment while also having unprecedented amounts of fun. It is our hope that as part of our committee, you will think critically, listen thoughtfully, and engage meaningfully – we will certainly be doing the same.
See you in January – we are looking forward to meeting you!
Luke Melas-Kyriazi & Sahar Mohammadzadeh
Co-Chairs, Senate Intelligence Committee, HMCSF 2019