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The Congo Crisis, 1960

The year is 1960 and Congo is in a state of political disarray. After recent independence from Belgium, tensions are at an all-time high, with a burgeoning military insurrection and rivalling blocs fighting for a stake in government. As colonial structures of power dissolve, Congo’s political landscape has been fragmented into factions with drastically different visions for the Congolese social order. Meanwhile, secessionist regions of Katanga and South Kasai grow increasingly disillusioned with their exclusion from national politics, and divisions that have been suppressed by Belgian rule are coming to the light. It is up to delegates to choose whether the Congo will grow into a pluralistic democracy, or whether it will revert to the hierarchy and conflict which citizens have suffered for centuries.

As a continuous crisis committee, the Historical Crisis Committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.



Annushka Agarwal

Annushka Agarwal | Director

A Grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy, Annushka Agarwal is honoured to be serving as the Director of the Historical Crisis Committee. Over the last four years of her Model UN career, she has had the pleasure of building up not only her caffeine tolerance, but also her ability to communicate with others in a thoughtful and diplomatic manner. Having attended VMUN as a delegate numerous times in the past, Annushka is excited to direct this challenging and engaging committee, and hopes that all delegates leave the conference with a greater appreciation for diplomacy’s role in guiding nations through crisis. When not engaged in thorough backgrounder research on 20th century Congolese politics, she enjoys competitive debate, gardening, and attempting to produce legible calculus notes. Annushka looks forward to meeting all delegates at the conference!

Alec Yang

Alec Yang | Chair

Currently a rising senior at Moscrop Secondary School, Alec is ecstatic to be serving as the Chair of the Historical Crisis Committee for this year’s iteration of VMUN. Ever since attending his first conference more than three arduous years ago, he fell in love with the intense atmosphere, intricate resolutions, and heated discussion that is the embodiment of the world of Model UN. It is with absolute certainty that Alec attributes his love for current world issues and political activism to MUN, allowing him to work alongside some of the most passionate and hardworking individuals in Western Canada. Outside the committee room, the vast majority of Alec’s free time can be attributed to stressing over university applications, binging his newest finds on Netflix, or visiting new restaurants around the Lower Mainland. Alec is beyond excited to meet everyone and looks forward to making this year’s conference a truly worthwhile experience!

Logan Higgins

Logan Higgins | Crisis Staff

Logan is a grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy, and this is his first time chairing, though he has directed at VYMUN among other roles. He is excited to be serving as the Assistant Director on the Historical Crisis Committee and to work with all of the delegates in committee. He is looking forward to the conference in whatever form it may take. In his free time Logan enjoys sailing and spending time with friends. After his first crisis committee at VYMUN 2018, he has never turned back, and has lots of experience with crisis. He is looking forward to making HCC the best committee it can be.

You can contact the Director at hcc@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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