It is 1852. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, almost four decades of relative peace have swept across Europe. Yet today, lasting European peace stands at a crossroads. The Ottoman Empire, fragmented by ethnic revolts and atrophied by ineffective administration, sits on the precipice of collapse. Deemed the “Sick Man of Europe,” the declining empire increasingly draws the eye of imperialist ambition. For Russia, the continental military hegemon, the Ottoman Empire’s disintegration may well pave the Russian path to European domination. Conversely, for Britain and France, the potential fall of the Ottomans presents an inimical and deleterious threat to European stability. With much at stake in the status quo, both for European powers and the Ottoman Empire, conflict looms on the horizon.
The Joint Crisis Committees (JCC) are very different from the normal MUN experience, yet equal even the United Nations Security Council in their complexity and challenge. JCC consists of two independently running subcommittees whose decisions and actions immediately affect the perpetual crisis at hand, thus providing for an experience like no other. The ritual raising of placards is replaced with international espionage, fast-paced decision-making, and incessant debates; all aimed to destroy the ideological enemy. What delegates will be asked to deal with is only partially revealed for your preparation; covert plots, terrible luck, and the well-meaning — or hostile — actions of the opposing committee together offer an unpredictable, volatile, and urgent, but undoubtedly exciting, experience. If the bloc as a whole is to succeed, the delegates must compromise, negotiate, and persevere in a battle of diplomatic wit; after all, there is a nemesis waiting, biding its time.
As a continuous crisis committee, the Joint Crisis Committees are 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.
Ben Kang | Director
Currently a junior at St. George’s School, Ben is glad to serve as the Director of JCC for VMUN this year. Although he maintains that he enjoys learning a dead language without cases or declensions, territorially camping at the neighborhood 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 the JCC have always presented the most engaging, dynamic, and exhilarating experiences that MUN can offer. And as the Director of the Joint Crisis Committees this year, he aims to offer a crisis experience nothing short of unforgettable.
Richard Chen | Bloc Director
A sophomore attending St. George’s School, Richard is honoured to serve as a Bloc Director in the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2021. Ever since his first conference as a timid and rather naive seventh grader, Richard’s passion for politics and international affairs has only grown. Richard has come to love the intense debates and exhilarating nature of Model UN. Now entering his fourth year of MUN, Richard has attended over a dozen conferences. Outside of MUN, Richard can be found binge-watching anime, reading classical literature, and getting pitiful amounts of sleep. Richard is looking forward to a weekend full of exhilarating debate and wishes the best of luck to all delegates.
Adam Dawood | Bloc Director
A grade 11 student currently attending West Point Grey Academy, Adam Dawood is honoured to serve as one of your bloc directors at this year’s iteration of VMUN! Ever since his first Model UN conference in Grade 7, Adam has grown to love the intense discourse and debate present in each and every committee session. Through his passion for MUN, he has fostered his love for international relations and politics. Over the course of the conference, Adam hopes that all delegates can broaden their horizons about current affairs, improve their public speaking skills, and have an overall enjoyable experience. Adam is looking forward to meeting you at the conference!
Peter Zhang | Chair
Peter is a senior at St. George’s School and is incredibly excited to Chair in the JCC at VMUN 2021. In his fourth and final year of high school MUN, he hopes to make his final VMUN experience a lasting memory. He loves the quick pace and creativity of crisis committees and wants to create an intense and fun-filled committee for everyone. Outside of MUN, you can find Peter exploring Vancouver’s excellent selection of restaurants, hanging out with his cat Ellie, going for a swim, or reading a good book. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at VMUN!
Harvey Riches | Chair
Harvey is a Grade 12 student at Windsor Secondary and is honoured to serve as one of the Chair’s for this year’s iteration of the Joint Crisis Committee at VMUN. Harvey first experienced the wonderful world of Model United Nations at VMUN in grade 10 and ever since, has been trying to fit into as many conferences as he could find in the Greater Vancouver area. With the opportunities given by MUN, Harvey had time to improve his public speaking skills as well as making many great and unforgettable friends. In his free time, Harvey likes to research his family tree from both his British and German sides as well as flying around the world in his home-made flight simulator with his favourite supersonic passenger jets. He is looking forward to meeting everyone and to see how the delegates are hopefully planning on changing history for the better be that to their benefit.
Hannah Baumgard | Crisis Staff
Currently a junior at West Point Grey Academy, Hannah is both honoured and excited to be your assistant director for VMUN 2021. Hannah started her MUN career back in 2017 and fell in love with the captivating discussion immediately after her first committee sesion. Ever since, her passion for international relations has only grown. Hannah hopes that each delegate leaves VMUN with a newfound passion for MUN and at least one special memory from our committee. Outside of MUN, you can find Hannah binging the latest Netflix show, spending time with her dog, or talking endlessly with her friends. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions or concerns, she can’t wait to meet everyone!
Chris Shojania | Crisis Staff
A sophomore at Crofton House School, Chris Shojania is thrilled to be joining the VMUN team as a Crisis Staff for JCC. Attending their first conference as a wide-eyed grade 8, Chris has developed a love for this unique form of debate and the complexities that come with it. Having attended over a dozen conferences, they are pleased to begin their first year of staffing. Outside of MUN, they spend their time with friends, biking, playing video games, and learning guitar. They also enjoy wandering around their neighbourhood, ingesting copious amounts of caffeine, and studying various global issues. They are thrilled to be helping make this iteration of VMUN the best yet.
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.