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The Cold War, 1956

The year is 1956. Just 11 years ago, the horrors of the Second World War were ended by a communist-capitalist force, only united to take down the terrors of fascism. However, the ideological differences between the two factions have resulted in a split between two global superpowers: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States. The chasm built an iron curtain that divided Europe between a communist East and capitalist West. With both powers possessing extensive nuclear capabilities, a direct war between the USSR and U.S. seems unlikely; nevertheless, the devastation and rise in anti-colonial sentiments caused by World War II have started conflicts in various regions of the globe. The two superpowers will undoubtedly wish to spread their influence to these unstable areas to gain resources vital for global hegemony.

INTEL is a unique crisis committee with distinctive mechanics characterized by diplomacy and sabotage. The committee consists of two types of delegates: government delegates are responsible for driving the diplomacy in the committee, while a different class of delegates—those representing intelligence agencies—are able to run an underground network of spies and resources free from government influence. Should they choose to, intelligence delegates can sabotage or aid government operations, both domestic and abroad, while governments negotiate events in the public eye. INTEL consists of nine countries, with one government delegate and one intelligence delegate each, and three blocs—the Western, Eastern, and neutral blocs. As the conflict progresses and crises arise, intelligence agencies will have to work in the shadows to create favourable—or unfavourable—conditions for their respective governments. Meanwhile, governments will be tasked with maintaining the global order and keeping tensions at bay while exerting their own influence worldwide.

As a continuous crisis committee, the Intelligence Crisis Committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.



Ben

Ben Kang | Director

Currently in Grade 12 at St. George’s School, Ben is glad to serve as the Director of INTEL at VMUN this year. Although he maintains that he enjoys learning a dead language without cases or declensions, territorially camping at the neighbourhood Starbucks’ best spot, and taking pics for his photography iG @bk.snapshots, most of all, he enjoys delegating in crisis committees. Having gone to 15+ conferences over the past five years, Ben has seen a wide range of committees in his time, all the way up from the most prodigious of GAs to the most minuscule of regional committees. Between them all, to Ben, crises like INTEL have always presented the most engaging, dynamic, and exhilarating experiences that MUN can offer. And as the Director of the Intelligence Crisis Committee this year, he aims to offer a crisis experience nothing short of unforgettable.

Allysen

Allysen Kwok | Chair

Entering her final year of high school, Allysen is honoured to serve as the Chair for the Intelligence Crisis Committee at the twenty-first iteration of VMUN. Since joining her school’s Model UN club in her Grade 10 year, Model UN has cultivated her passion for politics, current events, and international relations; she believes Model UN provides a nurturing environment for everyone to improve their public speaking and debate abilities while building community with other like-minded, motivated individuals. Aside from Model UN, Allysen can be found attempting to comprehend calculus, binging television comedies, mindlessly scrolling through Tik Tok, and regretting her impulsive financial decisions. She is ecstatic to meet all the delegates and looks forward to an exciting weekend.

Annie

Annie Wang | Crisis Staff

A Grade 12 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, Annie is ecstatic to serve as Crisis Staff for the Intelligence Crisis Committee at VMUN 2022. Since being introduced to MUN three years ago, Annie has grown to love the passionate debates and realistic diplomacy Model UN has to offer. Annie has formed unforgettable memories and invaluable friendships with every conference, which have only increased her love for MUN. Outside the world of Model UN, Annie can be found experimenting with pasta recipes, struggling to parallel park, and listening to true crime podcasts and Taylor Swift (in that order). Annie looks forward to a weekend filled with action-packed debate and wishes delegates the best of luck at VMUN 2022.

You can contact the Director at intel@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.