Welcome to VAMUN XXXVII! We are delighted to showcase Mr. Jefferson's University while stoking the flame of each delegate's intellectual curiosity. The crisis committees we look forward to running for you encompass a diverse group of topics, timeframes, geographical regions and actors. From the regality of King Alfred The Great's Court to the unknown frontier of Outer Space to tense rivalries between India and Pakistan, VAMUN seeks to give delegates a fresh and new challenge in every single committee. As always, we stress the importance of diplomacy in action in our interactions during this weekend together, and we look forward to providing an intellectually enriching experience for all delegates.
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Joint Crisis Committee: The Kargil War: India, 1999
The year is 1999 and tensions are high as Pakistani troops infiltrate India's side of the Line of Control. This movement violates peace agreements between the two states, and India's Cabinet must calculate their counter and deliberate the future of the Kargil District. However, this development in Pakistani and Indian relations is more complex. In the modern age, India's Cabinet must consider countering the dangers of terrorism and nuclear warfare. With these risks at hand, in addition to the ongoing military conflict in Kashmir, the Cabinet has a long, arduous path ahead in bringing stability and peace to India's territory.
The year is 1999 and pressures are mounting at the Indo-Pakistani border. There have been troop movements on both sides of the border coupled with regular firing. This is in complete violation of the ceasefire that the two countries have agreed to and now it is upto both Cabinets to take a decision as to how to resolve the conflict. The Pakistani Cabinet is particularly under pressure as India has accused it of moving troops into Indian Territory and there is mounting International pressure on Pakistan to pull back. However, this Cabinet must not rush to a decision. They have to consider the past and future of India-Pakistan relations before taking any steps forward as well as the International reactions that might result from any action taken.
The Little Giant: Napoleon's Invasion of Russia
“Don’t invade Russia in the winter.”
Referring to Napoleon’s 1812 invasion and Hitler’s 1941 invasion, this statement is one of the most common myths in modern military history. In the wake of the barbaric French Revolution which overthrew the long-lasting Bourbon dynasty, the Little Giant, standing at a modest 5’ 6’’, rose to power and was on a mission to conquer the entirety of Europe. He quickly amassed an army and sought to exact revenge on European powers which had taken advantage of the weak, pre-revolution France. The seemingly unstoppable force of the La Grande Armée was the greatest army in the world at the time - or so was thought. Tsar Alexander I, successor of Paul I in the Romanov Dynasty, attempted to prevent a possibly fatal invasion by Napoleon through several treaties, including the Tilsit treaty. As tensions rose and Napoleon violated the Tilsit treaty by annexing the Duchy Oldenburg, Napoleon made the fatal decision on June 24, 1812 to cross the Nieman River - triggering the war between the Russian and French empires. Facing the growing shadow of the Little Giant, Tsar Alexander I must defend his Empire at all costs. No sacrifice is too great for the honorable Tsar to make, as the survival of the Tsar himself, his family, and their empire is at stake.
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Fall of the Dhalang: Indonesia's New Order
1964: President Sukarno is rapidly losing control of Indonesia. 1965: the relatively unknown General Suharto seizes power after a botched coup. The effects of the coup are disastrous—an estimated 500,000 ethnic Chinese and suspected communists were slaughtered in the ensuing genocide. This committee focuses on the events leading up to the bloody coup. The CIA is actively encouraging separatism to halt Sukarno's influence. The KGB is assisting the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in fomenting social unrest and seeking to install a communist vassal. The U.S. Embassy is trying to foster good governance. Power is held by a collapsing triumvirate: the PKI, Indonesian Army, and Sukarno. Sumatra and Celebes seek to declare independence. These entities will fight to gain power and privilege throughout the weekend, but what will be the tipping point? Who will triumph in the newest Cold War hotspot?
First Contact: What it Means to Be Human
First Contact sets the stage for a revolutionary kind of crisis committee focused on live interaction between the delegates and the unknown. Delegates will represent the leaders of three human colonies: Earth, Mars, and Space Station Musk. Over the course of this committee, each colony will struggle to gain dominance and survival when presented with an enigmatic Alien threat. Who will take control while the others plot against them? What is it that these Aliens want? Will we be able to survive?
Delegates, the future of humanity lies in your hands.
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The Cabinet of the United Kingdom : Pandemic 2020
The year is 2020 and disease once again rears its ugly head. A new, deadly virus called Neuramidinase-Resistant Mortus Lenta (NRML) has cropped up in Syria. Transmitted through any and all bodily fluids, from sneezes to sweat, NRML causes symptoms extremely similar to Ebola (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, hemmoraghing, etc) and has a 50-70% mortality rate. This committee, representing the British Cabinet, will explore the effort to fight the disease from a policy perspective rather than focusing on finding a cure. How will the British government help their friends and partners in the Middle East and Africa deal with this disease and maintain a stable government? More importantly to the Cabinet, however, is determining how to prepare the Isles for the further spread of the disease... Click here to learn more about The Cabinet of the United Kingdom: Pandemic 2020
The West Africa Conference: Berlin, 1884
As the European powers begin to look towards largely unexplored territory in Africa, tensions begin brewing as nations attempt to divide the continent between them. Africa is ripe with natural resources to fuel the growing industries in Europe, which is the driving force behind their competing claims. Hoping to diffuse the potential of conflict, King Leopold II and Otto von Bismarck proposed a conference to formalize the division of Africa among 13 major European powers, and the United States. This conference will convene to devise a formal policy for the continent and hopefully abate unwanted military conflict in the process.
The English Enlightenment: King Alfred's Court
After nearly a century of pagan destruction delivered upon the English by Vikings, King Alfred has finally made progress in securing the frontier, and expanding his own domain in the process. Despite the outward victories, Alfred's subjects are still threatened from within. Poor literacy and poor organization throughout the kingdom have led to the English people being "Christians in name alone", a spiritual threat greater than what any Viking could ever pose. King Alfred recognized this threat, and summoned learned men from across Britain and from the Continent to debate and counsel him on what must be done to ensure the continued prosperity of his people. This court assembled by Alfred has been tasked with the spiritual, educational, and military guidance of England; it will be their job to lead England and her people into the future.
2017 Symposium: The International Art Market
The International Art Market Committee 2017 is a meeting of all of the major players in the international art world to discuss the prominent issues facing the industry. Key players will include major auction houses, museums, galleries, and artists, as well as international agencies that help protect art and regulate the market. The committee will discuss a range of issues from production, ownership, economics, the implications of the buying and selling of international artifacts in a post-colonial context, and the preservation and protection of art, artifacts, and archaeological heritage sites.
The United Nations Security Council
The United Nations Security Council since its conception in 1945 has been known as the teeth of the United Nations. However, with the UN's membership growing to become virtually universally representative of all members throughout the globe, many have argued that the UNSC lacks representation of the UN as a whole.
In this crisis committee UNSC we will look into both how we can reform the United Nations Security Council to make more representative of the UN and then apply this to how the UN would be able to respond to crisis' of a humanitarian nature in geopolitically sensitive regions throughout the globe. We look forward to seeing you in November!