Spanish Civil War of 1936
In this committee, delegates will be representing members of the Republican Cabinet of Spain. Set in 1936, delegates are tasked with resolving differing political ideologies in the cabinet diplomatically (or otherwise) and combatting foreign influence. This participation in committee requires a large degree of role-play and devotion to one’s role; delegates will be immersed in the conflict, strife, and strategic maneuvering of the politicians of Spain, 1936.
As a continuous crisis committee, this committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
At the moment, Spain is a mix of conflicting political ideologies and agendas. Socialists, communists, Stalinists, and Republicans all fight for influence and governance. Delegates are gathered here because they are the highest-ranking members amongst those loyal to the rightful President of Spain. Opponents go not just against what delegates stand for, but against that for which Spain and its people stand. The scale of unrest cannot be confirmed at this time; however, caution must be taken. Delegates must try to put their political differences aside and unite in the face of the fascist menace.
FAI – Federica Montseny
FAI – Diego Abad de Santillán
FAI – Manuel Buenacasa Tomeo
FAI – Juan García Oliver
FAI – Buenaventura Durruti
Syndicalists – Ángel Pestaña
POUM – Andrés Nin
POUM – Julián Gorkin
PCE – Dolores Ibárruri
PCE – José Díaz
PCE – Juan Astigarrabía
PSOE – Indalecio Prieto
PSOE – Julián Besteiro
PSOE – Juan Negrín
PSOE – Anastasio de Gracia
UGT – Francisco Largo Caballero
Republican Left Party – Manuel Azaña
Republican Left Party – Santiago Casares y Quiroga
Republican Left Party – Diego Martínez Barrio
Estat Catala – Josep Dencàs i Puigdollers
PVN – José Antonio Aguirre
Callum Shepard | Director
Callum Shepard is a Grade 11 Student at St. George’s School. Being involved in MUN since grade he is highly passionate about debate and politics. In his spare time, he hikes, skis, plans for the inevitable revolution, and toils under the wage slavery of capitalism. He looks forward to seeing the delegates engage in such a fascinating and underrepresented historical period and hopes this committee will provide insight on early 21st century ideologies and ideological warfare as well as the buildup to World War II.
Mary Lin | Chair
Mary Lin is a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School and she is honored to serve as the chair of the Republican Cabinet of Spain. At the beginning of grade 9, Mary was introduced to MUN and she has ever since developed an avid passion for debating about international affairs. Apart from her devotion to MUN, Mary enjoys playing tennis, making coffee, binge-watching Parks and Recreation, and improving her DJ skills. In her spare time, Mary can also be found rapping the theme song to Fresh Prince, perfecting her guacamole recipe, studying stem cells in a science lab, or reading an eclectic variety of novels. Mary looks forward to seeing everyone and she hopes that everyone will have a memorable experience at VMUN’s 2017 conference!
Qaasim Karim | Crisis Staff
Qaasim Karim is a Grade 11 student, and is very excited to a Crisis Staff for the Spanish Civil War. This is Qaasim’ fifth year in MUN, and his second as a staff member, and has had great fun attending conferences since Grade 8. In his spare time, Qaasim enjoys reading, procrastinating, and playing grand strategy video games, and he hopes to have an entertaining time meeting each and every delegate of The Spanish Civil War this year.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.