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?

Please access the background guide for this committee here. 

Please access the dossier for this committee here. 

 

Chair
andrew carl

Crisis Director
Josh zabin

Andrew is a second-year studying chemistry from Los Angeles, CA, but for the past 6 years he has lived in Switzerland. In HS, he was an active member of his school's MUN team taking part conferences across Europe. Outside of trying to survive Organic Chemistry, he is an associate photo editor of the Cavalier Daily, and a member of a research lab in the chemistry department. He enjoys the outdoors and is excited to be chairing VAMUN XXXVII!

Andrew is a second-year studying chemistry from Los Angeles, CA, but for the past 6 years he has lived in Switzerland. In HS, he was an active member of his school's MUN team taking part conferences across Europe. Outside of trying to survive Organic Chemistry, he is an associate photo editor of the Cavalier Daily, and a member of a research lab in the chemistry department. He enjoys the outdoors and is excited to be chairing VAMUN XXXVII!

Josh is a second-year student majoring in Chinese and Middle Eastern studies. He was born in San Diego, CA, and lived for a time in Boston, MA, but graduated from high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a passion for learning languages and currently speaks Chinese and Indonesian, alongside learning Persian. Outside of these academical pursuits, Josh enjoys debating American and international politics, and cooking international cuisine. You can find him enjoys the outdoors and is shooting for the Cavalier Daily. He looks forward to meeting everyone at VAMUN XXXVII!

Josh is a second-year student majoring in Chinese and Middle Eastern studies. He was born in San Diego, CA, and lived for a time in Boston, MA, but graduated from high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a passion for learning languages and currently speaks Chinese and Indonesian, alongside learning Persian. Outside of these academical pursuits, Josh enjoys debating American and international politics, and cooking international cuisine. You can find him enjoys the outdoors and is shooting for the Cavalier Daily. He looks forward to meeting everyone at VAMUN XXXVII!