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The Soviet-Afghan War, 1979

Spanning a period of 10 years, the tumultuous times of Afghanistan can be characterized with 3 words: the Domino Effect. Ever since the United States’ withdrawal from Vietnam and the subsequent rise of communism in the Southeast Asian continent, the West and its allies stood firm to not let another continent slip from their hands. Concurrently, the Soviet Union and its allies, pinned against a wall from the rapid destabilization of neighbouring Afghanistan, were desperate to keep it afloat. With the government persecuting followers of Islam, the country’s most dominant religion, Afghanistan struggled to find its identity during this era, causing millions to find themselves a home that felt like away from home. This “struggle” for the Afghan people commenced with Western-backed support to counter the central government and its Eastern allies.

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 ten countries, with one government delegate and one intelligence delegate each. 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 12th, 2024, at 23:59 PT. More information about position papers specific to this committee can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Eddy Qin

Eddy Qin | Director

Currently a Grade 12 student at St. George’s Senior School, Eddy is honoured to serve as the Director for INTEL at VMUN 2024. Since his first committee session in this very conference, UNDP in 2019, Eddy’s passion for international relations and his curiosity about the complexity of diplomacy have only inflated. Whenever he is not wearing his 4-dimensional Western Business Attire fit, Eddy is usually found practicing a piano passage and failing miserably, spraining his ankles in potholes, or studying for a Chemistry test 20 minutes before it begins. Through passionate and, at times, questionable speeches as a delegate, Eddy has always been compelled to create a slightly more exciting committee room. He hopes all delegates will prosper and engage in a weekend of fruitful debate in this non-spectators sport over the upcoming weekend.

Celina Qu

Celina Qu | Chair

A Grade 11 student at Semiahmoo Secondary, Celina is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of the Intelligence Crisis Committee at VMUN 2024. Over the past three years, she has come to treasure the meticulously crafted speeches and everlasting friendships woven into the Hyatt’s committee rooms. Between meeting pandas in the Senate and fighting supermonkeys with BTS in the Human Rights Council, she has grown familiar with wading through chandelier-lit ballrooms and crowded elevators alike: she has grown to love the nuanced political exploration and passionate midnight debates MUN stands for. When not writing her next directive, Celina can be found deciphering Akkadian cuneiform, churning out Founding Father fanfiction at the speed of light, and/or fighting for her life in IB French SL. She looks forward to meeting all delegates in January!

Finley Rolfe

Finley Rolfe | Crisis Staff

Traversing his Grade 12 year at SMUS, Finley is honoured to serve as Crisis Staff for INTEL. From his first conference in Grade 8, nervously representing Iceland in the UNODC, to last year when he led a small inter-school conference, Finley’s passion for MUN—particularly crisis—has grown exponentially. Finley has found that MUN has improved his debating, negotiating, and his world knowledge, and he hopes new delegates will find the same. When not dressed in Western Business Attire, Finley enjoys going to the gym, learning about history, and baking. Finley hopes that VMUN will be as memorable of a conference as he knows it has been in past years for him.

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.