LETTER FROM DIRECTOR
It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to the Cathedral Model United Nations Conference 2018. I look forward to chairing the Historic Security Council this year, and hope to see intelligent solutions, constructive debate and compromise through the course of the conference.
Before I delve deeper into the topic, I would like to give you a small insight into what I expect from each of you this year. Over the past 4 years, I have been part of various specialised agencies in India and abroad, each of which has been a rewarding experience. However, through the course of these years I have also noticed that there is a greater focus on fun, a greater emphasis on radical ideas and a greater importance given to winning, than ever before. This year, I hope that we can once again aim to have realistic solutions, backed up by research and critical thinking. I expect each of you to focus on resolving the crisis at hand rather than creating more problems, for the world is already ravaged by them. Do not treat this conference as a competition, but rather as a platform for collaboration and compromise that will yield well thought out solutions.
The Security Council is based in the year 1990 and will discuss the Persian Gulf War. The Cold War period marks one of the darkest periods in the world’s history and is a glaring example of the failure of the United Nation’s diplomacy in the height of the tensions between the East and the West. The Middle East has always been a volatile region. Events after the Gulf War have only snowballed and violence has become the symbol of this war-torn region. This makes it all the more important for us, students in 2018, to learn from the mistakes of the past and to try to come up with long-term solutions for these crises, which brought out the worst in mankind. Come August, I expect each of you to live up to the high standards of debate, lobbying, paperwork and research which makes CMUN the most challenging Model United Nations conference in the country.
“The sharpest and most quick-witted human being you will ever come across. Impressing your director at this year’s HSC is going to be one of hell of a task: Karan has been part of the CMUN ‘trademark HSC’ for the past three years and knows everything there is to know about the Security Council. Besides boasting a stellar MUN record, Karan is known for his proficiency in physics and calculus, and is an absolute genius who kills it at the gym. Be sure to lobby with your director as well as other delegates (I promise you, there’s a lot to learn).”
– Rajdeep Mehta, Director, Interpol’s Special Summit on Organised Crime
A little about myself, I’m a 12th grade student in the IB program here with the experience of many national and international MUNs and debates under my belt. I aspire to study Math and Physics in the future, but until then I’m mostly struggling with tests and assignments. I’m the typical sleep-deprived student, so when I’m not sleeping, you can find me reading biographies and books on philosophy, in the gym, or probably binge watching TV shows (if you don’t like Suits, this is not the place for you).
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The Historic Security Council.
TOPIC AREA SUMMARY
This year, the topic of the Historic Security Council is the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991. Set off by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, led by Saddam Hussein, the war lasted for almost a year. Considered as the first full-scale international crisis post the Cold War, the Persian Gulf War was bound to have consequences on the political structure in the Middle East.
Set at the brink of this conflict, the Security Council will have to deal with both economic and political issues that plague the region. The delegates will be charged with coming up with a plan to combat the variety of issues that they encounter. Delegates must come up with solutions keeping in mind the volatility of the situation and the possibility of the breakout of war.
While every country will have a say in the matter, the permanent 5 members of the Security Council will possess the “power of veto”. All decisions will be taken by the committee as a whole and will be expected to find peaceful solutions to all the crisis.