LEVEL: Advanced Committee
HISTORICAL CRISIS COMMITTEE
Crisis operates under a completely different format from regular Model UN committees, with delegates representing individuals organised into cabinets instead of states and simulating a fictional or historical event in real time. Crisis chairs will either be Directors (who, through accepting or rejecting requests and issuing directives, direct the course of the simulation) or chair-delegates, who act as Heads of Cabinets. The chair of a contemporary German cabinet in a Crisis simulation would play the role Angela Merkel, for example, whilst in said cabinet a delegate would play the role of a German minister, such as Wolfgang Schäuble.
The intensity and fluidity of Crisis make it one of the most challenging committees for both chairs and delegates. In addition to being the first university-level MUN conference in the UK, Cambridge has also established a high reputation for Crisis with some of the most original and pioneering takes on this dynamic format.
Cambridge has in the past five years run Historical Crises (simulating the French Revolution at CUIMUN XIX, the War of the League of Cambrai at CUIMUN XX, and the Greek-Ottoman Wars at CUIMUN XXI), but we will spice things up a little this year, and do two two-cabinet crises. The first one, a Historical Crisis catered to experienced advanced delegates and a Fictional Crisis catered to Beginners to Crisis. This is Historical Crisis for the brave.
Topic: The Chinese Revolution
Second Phase of the Chinese Civil War
Cabinet A: Kuomintang/Republic of China
Leader: Chiang Kai-Shek
Cabinet B: Communist Party
Leader: Mao Zedong
Start date: 13 March 1946
Basic plot: The Second World War has just ended and the civil war between the Chinese Communist Party, led by Mao Zedong, and the Guomingdang, led by Jiang Jieshi, has been stalled by foreign powers eager for a peace settlement. However, it is clear that both sides are using the ceasefire as preparation for all out war. While the United States and the USSR both have interests in China, their loyalties diverge and could lead the recent allies to support opposing fronts. Meanwhile, certain separatist movements as well as Japanese prisoners of war must be dealt with. What lies ahead for China?
|Name: Roberta Maggi
Occupation: Graduate Student, International Relations and Political Science, at IHEID (Geneva)
MUN Life: Started in 2012 and haven’t stopped since. CUIMUN XXIII will be my third time directing a crisis. Also, I get to Tabasco-certify things.
Hobbies: Contemplating a life with Camille, champagne, massages and men. Spending time with my dog (and an equal amount of time telling people that she is just the cutest).
Fun Fact about Me: I like wine, and (friendly) belgian beer.
|Name: Farshid Farouk
Occupation: A380 and Secgening
MUN Life: PIMUN, PIMUN, PIMUN and PIMUN.
Fun Fact about Me: I am a grumpy Persian Cat when not appropriately fed
|Name: Isabelle Heinemann
Nationality: Swiss/Israeli (K.u.K. subject at heart)
Occupation: IR & History SOAS
MUN life: hijacked by gaming for fancy-pants aka Crisis
Hobbies: sophistry, wine, going with the flow
Photo: with my honourable co-chair and frenemy no.1, Sultan Sultan
|Name: Sultan Kazi
Age: Born on the 23rd of Sha’ban 1416
Occupation: Student and budding immigration lawyer
MUN Life: Retired from conventional MUN – embraced Crisis! This will also be my 4th CUIMUN doing Crisis and my 39th MUN conference overall
Hobbies: Photography, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, pre-18th century world history and video games!
Fun Fact about Me: I visit prisons regularly…
|Name: Maria Slobodina
Nationality: Russian (British at heart)
Occupation: 2nd year Neuroscience Student at UCL
MUN Life: Started in 2011. This CUIMUN will be my 37th MUN and my 8th time on the backroom team.
Hobbies: Graphic design, writing, spooning
Fun Fact about Me: I made the Deus logo (and the Deus react franchise)
|Name: Xuan Chen
Age: is but a number
Nationality: British (Russian at heart)
Occupation: 5th year MSci Physics at Imperial College London
MUN Life: MUN sounds like an activity for nerd tbh
Hobbies: Starting cults with lube jokes
Fun Fact about Me: I don’t have a black belt in karate
|Name: Luke Chan
Age: is but a number
Occupation:Student of IR and Events Emcee
MUN life: is a decent life to have.
Hobbies: Drinking and constantly declaring “I’m never drinking again”.
Fun Fact about Me: It only takes one person saying “one country one system” for me to be triggered.
|Name: Aidan Monteith
Occupation: Economics and Politics student at York
MUN life: Relatively short compared to many here: CUIMUN will be my 10th MUN, my fifth crisis and my third time chairing.
Hobbies: Debating (shocking I know), reading fiction and web novels, current affairs and Badminton.
Fun Fact about Me: I am eligible for three passports.
|Name: Nick Meadowcroft-Lunn
Occupation: Physics/Philosophy at The University of York
MUN life: This will be my 8th conference, 3rd CUIMUN and 3rd as a chair or backroom in Crisis. I will also be Secretary-General of YorkMUN 2018
Hobbies: Football, politics and pretending to know what I’m talking about, but not in that order. I also make, produce and admire music, though all of those things badly.
Fun Fact: I nearly once got deported from Cuba (I swear it wasn’t my fault)
|Name: Alex Selway
Occupation: International Relations and History at LSE
MUN Life: Spicy, and filled with Crisis. Though I do occasionally dabble in GA.
Hobbies: MUN is time-consuming. But I do also enjoy reading, swimming, concerts and relaxing at the pub!
Fun Fact about Me: I volunteer as a paramedic with St. John Ambulance