SCSY 2019's committees are . . . 

THE HEART OF SCSY. WITH METICULOUSLY DETAILED TOPIC GUIDES AND CRISIS MAPS AND SOME OF THE SMARTEST STUDENTS IN THE WORLD, COMMITTEES TAKE DEBATE TO A NEW LEVEL. THIS YEAR, SCSY PROMISES MORE ENGAGING COMMITTEES AND MORE FUN THAN EVER.


Ad Hoc   As with years prior, Ad Hoc will be one of the most challenging committees offered at SCSY. From the highest of snowy peaks to the deepest of underground caves, we will place your invaluable expertise and ability to solve crises on the spot where such skills are most needed. We offer you but one hint at what you are up against: it is 2001. Come prepared to discuss any major international situation that occurred in that year.

Ad Hoc

As with years prior, Ad Hoc will be one of the most challenging committees offered at SCSY. From the highest of snowy peaks to the deepest of underground caves, we will place your invaluable expertise and ability to solve crises on the spot where such skills are most needed. We offer you but one hint at what you are up against: it is 2001. Come prepared to discuss any major international situation that occurred in that year.

Batman: Arkham Asylum   Join the infamous Rouges’ gallery of Arkham Asylum as you attempt to take down the caped crusader. Long considered the antagonists of Gotham, members of this committee will have the opportunity to take the helm of infamous villains ranging from The Joker to Scarecrow. Members will mold their persona, built their clout, use their powers, create an army of henchmen, and fight together (?) against their common foe — The Bat. Members will begin as inmates at Arkham, and will need to break out with the help of other villains. Once this step is complete, chaos will ensure; watch out for the Batman as you commit your evil deeds, as one wrong step could land you back in the slammer.  **No prior Bat-knowledge required

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Join the infamous Rouges’ gallery of Arkham Asylum as you attempt to take down the caped crusader. Long considered the antagonists of Gotham, members of this committee will have the opportunity to take the helm of infamous villains ranging from The Joker to Scarecrow. Members will mold their persona, built their clout, use their powers, create an army of henchmen, and fight together (?) against their common foe — The Bat. Members will begin as inmates at Arkham, and will need to break out with the help of other villains. Once this step is complete, chaos will ensure; watch out for the Batman as you commit your evil deeds, as one wrong step could land you back in the slammer.

**No prior Bat-knowledge required

Board of Theranos   Theranos was a health technology company which claimed to have devised a revolutionary, cost-effective blood test requiring only a small sample of blood. Elizabeth Holmes, the company’s CEO who founded Theranos as a teenager in 2003, later came under intense scrutiny (alongside her company) when Theranos’ technology was exposed as fraudulent in October 2015. This committee, the board of Theranos set before the scandal took place in 2015, would debate bioethics, statistical methods, and the role of medicine in technology, as well as simulating the politicking of the board, given its various interests in the government and healthcare industry. The end goal of the committee should be to answer two critical questions: how can Theranos retain shareholder value despite past internal wrongdoings, and is there a way that Theranos can still be the breakthrough technology company that the media once touted it as?

Board of Theranos

Theranos was a health technology company which claimed to have devised a revolutionary, cost-effective blood test requiring only a small sample of blood. Elizabeth Holmes, the company’s CEO who founded Theranos as a teenager in 2003, later came under intense scrutiny (alongside her company) when Theranos’ technology was exposed as fraudulent in October 2015. This committee, the board of Theranos set before the scandal took place in 2015, would debate bioethics, statistical methods, and the role of medicine in technology, as well as simulating the politicking of the board, given its various interests in the government and healthcare industry. The end goal of the committee should be to answer two critical questions: how can Theranos retain shareholder value despite past internal wrongdoings, and is there a way that Theranos can still be the breakthrough technology company that the media once touted it as?

The Council for the Unification of the Subcontinent (CUS) 2050   The Indo-Pak Feminist Action Group (IPFAG) is an anarchist political party operating through the breadth of what was once the Indian Subcontinent but now the sovereign states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In the 2049 Indian elections, IPFAG won a majority of the parliamentary seats and elected a leftist, feminist president with the momentous goal of rewriting the Indian constitution and entirely transforming its legal code. What has drawn intense criticism, protest, and security threat to the new government is IPFAG’s eventual hope to begin negotiations for the economic unification of the Indo-Pak subcontinent, with soft province borders between the three nations. Iran has expressed utmost support for IPFAG’s geopolitical model while remaining mostly quiet about the government’s progressive social policies. IPFAG enjoys utmost political support in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, and media reports suggest that the Pakistani parliament – where IPFAG (Pakistan faction) candidates are the majority within the opposition — might vehemently advocate for collaborative work with India’s faction of IPFAG.  Before any major moves could be made on the global stage, India’s delegation to the UN announced the funded proposal for the creation of an ad-hoc committee, The Council for the Unification of the Subcontinent (CUS), to come up with a mandate and framework for a possible subcontinental reunification. It has requested the committee include representation from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, all other SAARC countries, the relevant global superpowers, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and political groups from the Subcontinent that will be major stakeholders if a process of unification is started, such as the Indian Nationalist Organization, the Muslim Federation of the Subcontinent, etc.  Does the subcontinent, and its people, have any hope for a post-nationalist future – getting rid finally of the colonial legacy left behind on it? Can cultural unity once again depoliticise religion in the Subcontinent? Will the Subcontinent ever find itself stronger together? Will the militaries of these two nuclear powers let it?

The Council for the Unification of the Subcontinent (CUS) 2050

The Indo-Pak Feminist Action Group (IPFAG) is an anarchist political party operating through the breadth of what was once the Indian Subcontinent but now the sovereign states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In the 2049 Indian elections, IPFAG won a majority of the parliamentary seats and elected a leftist, feminist president with the momentous goal of rewriting the Indian constitution and entirely transforming its legal code. What has drawn intense criticism, protest, and security threat to the new government is IPFAG’s eventual hope to begin negotiations for the economic unification of the Indo-Pak subcontinent, with soft province borders between the three nations. Iran has expressed utmost support for IPFAG’s geopolitical model while remaining mostly quiet about the government’s progressive social policies. IPFAG enjoys utmost political support in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, and media reports suggest that the Pakistani parliament – where IPFAG (Pakistan faction) candidates are the majority within the opposition — might vehemently advocate for collaborative work with India’s faction of IPFAG.

Before any major moves could be made on the global stage, India’s delegation to the UN announced the funded proposal for the creation of an ad-hoc committee, The Council for the Unification of the Subcontinent (CUS), to come up with a mandate and framework for a possible subcontinental reunification. It has requested the committee include representation from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, all other SAARC countries, the relevant global superpowers, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and political groups from the Subcontinent that will be major stakeholders if a process of unification is started, such as the Indian Nationalist Organization, the Muslim Federation of the Subcontinent, etc.

Does the subcontinent, and its people, have any hope for a post-nationalist future – getting rid finally of the colonial legacy left behind on it? Can cultural unity once again depoliticise religion in the Subcontinent? Will the Subcontinent ever find itself stronger together? Will the militaries of these two nuclear powers let it?

CCCC: Climate Change Crisis Committee   With rising sea levels and global temperatures threatening humanity’s survival, the Climate Change Crisis Committee (C^4) will seek to reexamine the current world order of borders, citizenry, and governance in light of lackluster efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The United States, a traditional and industrialized powerhouse, has abandoned its role as a leader in promoting green energy; Russia has turned its attention to exploiting natural resources found in its permafrost and the Arctic; and China is rising too quickly for its sustainable efforts to compensate for the pollution it has emitted. With these countries battling in a race to the bottom, the burden of climate change has already begun to shift onto more vulnerable and often less-developed countries that will need to determine how to best navigate increasingly turbulent waters. At the heart of this committee will be not only redefining what it means to be a refugee, but also determining what steps the world should take to protect the lives of those most at risk.

CCCC: Climate Change Crisis Committee

With rising sea levels and global temperatures threatening humanity’s survival, the Climate Change Crisis Committee (C^4) will seek to reexamine the current world order of borders, citizenry, and governance in light of lackluster efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The United States, a traditional and industrialized powerhouse, has abandoned its role as a leader in promoting green energy; Russia has turned its attention to exploiting natural resources found in its permafrost and the Arctic; and China is rising too quickly for its sustainable efforts to compensate for the pollution it has emitted. With these countries battling in a race to the bottom, the burden of climate change has already begun to shift onto more vulnerable and often less-developed countries that will need to determine how to best navigate increasingly turbulent waters. At the heart of this committee will be not only redefining what it means to be a refugee, but also determining what steps the world should take to protect the lives of those most at risk.

Disease Outbreak   The year is 2084 and the overpopulation crisis on Earth has reached new heights, forcing nations to seek alternatives to accommodate their growing populations. In response to this crisis, countries including China, Russia, and the United States have begun to establish colonies on Mars. Each mother country has delegated a proxy leader to lead the colony on the ground. Up until this point, colonial leaders relied on their mother countries for political guidance and financial support. However, recent solar flares on Mars have severed all lines of communication to Earth. It is unclear when communication lines will be reestablished and for the time being colonial leaders will have to govern the colony on their own. Will they decide to unite or will there be a struggle of power? Only time will tell.

Disease Outbreak

The year is 2084 and the overpopulation crisis on Earth has reached new heights, forcing nations to seek alternatives to accommodate their growing populations. In response to this crisis, countries including China, Russia, and the United States have begun to establish colonies on Mars. Each mother country has delegated a proxy leader to lead the colony on the ground. Up until this point, colonial leaders relied on their mother countries for political guidance and financial support. However, recent solar flares on Mars have severed all lines of communication to Earth. It is unclear when communication lines will be reestablished and for the time being colonial leaders will have to govern the colony on their own. Will they decide to unite or will there be a struggle of power? Only time will tell.

FYRE FESTIVAL   Hundreds of celebrities, models, and instagram influencers have posted the same mysterious orange square officially announcing a festival unlike any before. Branded FYRE Festival, the event promises a high-end luxury vacation full of music, models, and a magical experience — or so it seems. With the festival only months away, the organizers face a multitude of logistical and political problems that they are hiding from the feeds of festival goers. New issues arise every day, ranging from corruption and fraud to failing infrastructure and insufficient supplies. Our committee will focus on the buildup to and aftermath of the 2017 FYRE festival. We will examine the mismanagement of the festival and attempt to solve the issues that the conniving entrepreneurs could not. Why did it all come crashing down? And is there any way FYRE Festival could have been the pop culture phenomenon it aimed to be?

FYRE FESTIVAL

Hundreds of celebrities, models, and instagram influencers have posted the same mysterious orange square officially announcing a festival unlike any before. Branded FYRE Festival, the event promises a high-end luxury vacation full of music, models, and a magical experience — or so it seems. With the festival only months away, the organizers face a multitude of logistical and political problems that they are hiding from the feeds of festival goers. New issues arise every day, ranging from corruption and fraud to failing infrastructure and insufficient supplies. Our committee will focus on the buildup to and aftermath of the 2017 FYRE festival. We will examine the mismanagement of the festival and attempt to solve the issues that the conniving entrepreneurs could not. Why did it all come crashing down? And is there any way FYRE Festival could have been the pop culture phenomenon it aimed to be?

Hunger Games   In Panem, the wealthy Capitol forces its 12 Districts to participate in the Hunger Games each year. You’ve read the books (or at the very least seen the movies), so you know what’s going on. This committee will proceed similarly to the UN Security Council; the P5 are the Capitol and Districts 1-4. Each District has a vote, and the 15th voting member is the head of the Peacekeepers. Each District also has their own specialized sector of production, which contributes to the function of the economy at large. These specializations will be leveraged as unique crisis powers, which each district can use to influence the behavior of others. (E.g. What would happen if all the coal miners in District 12 went on strike? Or the Capitol kidnapped a strategic player? Maybe District 1 will send in a Career as an assassin, or District 13 might have an insider Avox spy who can get them intel three or four times. After all, all’s fair in love and war.) As a result, delegates in the Hunger Games committee must mediate interactions between the Districts and prevent civil unrest and social decay. Come one, come all - the Hunger Games is sure to be a blast.

Hunger Games

In Panem, the wealthy Capitol forces its 12 Districts to participate in the Hunger Games each year. You’ve read the books (or at the very least seen the movies), so you know what’s going on. This committee will proceed similarly to the UN Security Council; the P5 are the Capitol and Districts 1-4. Each District has a vote, and the 15th voting member is the head of the Peacekeepers. Each District also has their own specialized sector of production, which contributes to the function of the economy at large. These specializations will be leveraged as unique crisis powers, which each district can use to influence the behavior of others. (E.g. What would happen if all the coal miners in District 12 went on strike? Or the Capitol kidnapped a strategic player? Maybe District 1 will send in a Career as an assassin, or District 13 might have an insider Avox spy who can get them intel three or four times. After all, all’s fair in love and war.) As a result, delegates in the Hunger Games committee must mediate interactions between the Districts and prevent civil unrest and social decay. Come one, come all - the Hunger Games is sure to be a blast.

Kashmiri Conflict   Long prized for its natural beauty and its location at the crossroads of South and Central Asia, Kashmir was the site of Bollywood movies, celebrated cultural heritage, and summer getaways to some of most scenic areas in the world. But Kashmir has become the center of an ongoing and often ignored conflict between two war-mongering nuclear powers—India and Pakistan—and has the unlucky distinction of being the most militarized region in the world.  In this committee, delegates will represent a variety of cabinet positions from both the Indian and Pakistani governments, having to work together to secure a resolution to the conflict. Combining an ever-changing conflict that threatens a nuclear World War III and religious/political schisms that have left centuries-long scars, delegates will have to make difficult political choices and sacrifices to make peace in a region plagued by strife

Kashmiri Conflict

Long prized for its natural beauty and its location at the crossroads of South and Central Asia, Kashmir was the site of Bollywood movies, celebrated cultural heritage, and summer getaways to some of most scenic areas in the world. But Kashmir has become the center of an ongoing and often ignored conflict between two war-mongering nuclear powers—India and Pakistan—and has the unlucky distinction of being the most militarized region in the world.

In this committee, delegates will represent a variety of cabinet positions from both the Indian and Pakistani governments, having to work together to secure a resolution to the conflict. Combining an ever-changing conflict that threatens a nuclear World War III and religious/political schisms that have left centuries-long scars, delegates will have to make difficult political choices and sacrifices to make peace in a region plagued by strife

Joint Crisis Committee: Anglo-Zulu Wars (English Side)

Joint Crisis Committee: Anglo-Zulu Wars (English Side)

Joint Crisis Committee: Anglo-Zulu War (Zulu side)   We have reached a critical turning point with the British--the colonizers. We've stayed silent as they gained victories over the Basotho, our neighbors. We've allowed their missionaries to stay, although we always knew of their intentions. But as we stand on this day, December 11, 1878, with the ultimatum they've set forth for us--demanding that we disband our army, pay hundreds in cattle, and allow a British agent to reside in our lands--we can no longer heed their orders. We have attempted to avoid war, defend the country only if they attack first, and even instructed our army not to fire on any invader unless a Redcoat. The British have consistently shown their unwillingness to cooperate, acknowledge our Kingdom's sovereignty, and respect the land we have ruled for decades. It is the responsibility of this committee to recognize that avoiding war means capitulating to British demands, and to guide our Kingdom to victory in the power and memory of the great Shaka Zulu.  Ngokuba umbuso ne-Afrika.

Joint Crisis Committee: Anglo-Zulu War (Zulu side)

We have reached a critical turning point with the British--the colonizers. We've stayed silent as they gained victories over the Basotho, our neighbors. We've allowed their missionaries to stay, although we always knew of their intentions. But as we stand on this day, December 11, 1878, with the ultimatum they've set forth for us--demanding that we disband our army, pay hundreds in cattle, and allow a British agent to reside in our lands--we can no longer heed their orders. We have attempted to avoid war, defend the country only if they attack first, and even instructed our army not to fire on any invader unless a Redcoat. The British have consistently shown their unwillingness to cooperate, acknowledge our Kingdom's sovereignty, and respect the land we have ruled for decades. It is the responsibility of this committee to recognize that avoiding war means capitulating to British demands, and to guide our Kingdom to victory in the power and memory of the great Shaka Zulu. Ngokuba umbuso ne-Afrika.

NAFTA Renegotiations   The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement between the USA, Canada, and Mexico cannot adjust to the fast growing economic field of the globalized world. This committee must dig deep into NAFTA’s impact on labour conditions, the environment, automobiles tariffs, the dairy market, trade deficits between nations, the competition against Europe and Asia/China, and more. The end goal is to engender a renegotiated deal that considers the stances of each country and actor, one that is dislike and BETTER than, the actual negotiated deal, the UMSCA (United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and is more complementary to the highly interconnected world we live in today.

NAFTA Renegotiations

The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement between the USA, Canada, and Mexico cannot adjust to the fast growing economic field of the globalized world. This committee must dig deep into NAFTA’s impact on labour conditions, the environment, automobiles tariffs, the dairy market, trade deficits between nations, the competition against Europe and Asia/China, and more. The end goal is to engender a renegotiated deal that considers the stances of each country and actor, one that is dislike and BETTER than, the actual negotiated deal, the UMSCA (United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and is more complementary to the highly interconnected world we live in today.

Non-Aligned Movement   Veering away the reductionist narrative of the Cold War that focuses on the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, this committee will focus on role of Non-Aligned Nations. The Cold War was also the period of both decolonization and the resurgence of the Global South, as the Global South becomes sites of contestation between the two global powers. Delegates to represent leaders of Non-Aligned Nations, who seek to pursue political independence and socio-economic development of their own. These leaders include Sukarno, U Nu, Nasser, Nehru, Tito, Nkrumah, Menon, Ho Chi Minh, Zhou Enlai, Josep Broz Tito, and so on. This committee will explore the Suez Crisis, Konfrontasi, the Vietnam War, the declaration of the New International Economic Order, the Indo-Pakistani War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and so on.

Non-Aligned Movement

Veering away the reductionist narrative of the Cold War that focuses on the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, this committee will focus on role of Non-Aligned Nations. The Cold War was also the period of both decolonization and the resurgence of the Global South, as the Global South becomes sites of contestation between the two global powers. Delegates to represent leaders of Non-Aligned Nations, who seek to pursue political independence and socio-economic development of their own. These leaders include Sukarno, U Nu, Nasser, Nehru, Tito, Nkrumah, Menon, Ho Chi Minh, Zhou Enlai, Josep Broz Tito, and so on. This committee will explore the Suez Crisis, Konfrontasi, the Vietnam War, the declaration of the New International Economic Order, the Indo-Pakistani War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and so on.

Joint Crisis Committee: Peloponnesian War (Delian League)   In the decades following the Greco-Persian Wars, the city-states of Greece struggled to maintain any semblance of the national identity which briefly unified them against the armies of Darius and Xerxes. The Greeks themselves were all too happy to continue their regional conflicts and rivalries. Soon, however, the balance of Greek hegemony fell between Athens and its mighty empire stretching across the Aegean and even parts of the Adriatic, and Sparta, whose armies dominated the Peloponnese. What followed seemed nearly inevitable, a clash of titans into which nearly every city-state in Greece was compelled. As the war dragged on, the rules of warfare, designed to govern short, year-long, regional disputes, fell to the wayside. Human rights atrocities multiplied, entire armies of prisoners were starved to death or slaughtered after surrendering peacefully, Athens fell to one of the deadliest plagues in world history, and eventually, all came to accept the horrifying maxim of Thucydides: "The strong do what they can; the weak suffer what they must." The Peloponnesian War, then, became a case study not just in the extents of human cruelty, but the very foundations of human nature, and how warfare degraded and dehumanized even the greatest men of the cradle of Western civilization.

Joint Crisis Committee: Peloponnesian War (Delian League)

In the decades following the Greco-Persian Wars, the city-states of Greece struggled to maintain any semblance of the national identity which briefly unified them against the armies of Darius and Xerxes. The Greeks themselves were all too happy to continue their regional conflicts and rivalries. Soon, however, the balance of Greek hegemony fell between Athens and its mighty empire stretching across the Aegean and even parts of the Adriatic, and Sparta, whose armies dominated the Peloponnese. What followed seemed nearly inevitable, a clash of titans into which nearly every city-state in Greece was compelled. As the war dragged on, the rules of warfare, designed to govern short, year-long, regional disputes, fell to the wayside. Human rights atrocities multiplied, entire armies of prisoners were starved to death or slaughtered after surrendering peacefully, Athens fell to one of the deadliest plagues in world history, and eventually, all came to accept the horrifying maxim of Thucydides: "The strong do what they can; the weak suffer what they must." The Peloponnesian War, then, became a case study not just in the extents of human cruelty, but the very foundations of human nature, and how warfare degraded and dehumanized even the greatest men of the cradle of Western civilization.

Joint Crisis Committee: Peloponnesian War (Sparta)   Lasting 27 years, the Peloponnesian War of Ancient Greece reshaped the landscape of the Ancient Greek world. As the Delian League, led by Athens, and the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, clashed in a number of brutal invasions and destruction of entire cities, the war quickly became a symbol of internal strife in Greece, marking the end of Greece’s Golden Age and the beginning of centuries of civil unrest. The war was more than just a simple military conflict; the struggle between democratic Athens and oligarchic Sparta was one of vast differences in economy, social hierarchy, centuries of cultural traditions, and fundamental political principles. In this committee, we will be representing the indomitable city-state of Sparta during its decades-long fight against its greatest enemy. As a Joint Crisis Committee, we’ll be in close contact with our opposition, the committee representing Athens. Throughout conference we’ll be both initiating and retaliating against a series of diplomatic and military actions, with the ultimate goal of victory against the Delian League.

Joint Crisis Committee: Peloponnesian War (Sparta)

Lasting 27 years, the Peloponnesian War of Ancient Greece reshaped the landscape of the Ancient Greek world. As the Delian League, led by Athens, and the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, clashed in a number of brutal invasions and destruction of entire cities, the war quickly became a symbol of internal strife in Greece, marking the end of Greece’s Golden Age and the beginning of centuries of civil unrest. The war was more than just a simple military conflict; the struggle between democratic Athens and oligarchic Sparta was one of vast differences in economy, social hierarchy, centuries of cultural traditions, and fundamental political principles. In this committee, we will be representing the indomitable city-state of Sparta during its decades-long fight against its greatest enemy. As a Joint Crisis Committee, we’ll be in close contact with our opposition, the committee representing Athens. Throughout conference we’ll be both initiating and retaliating against a series of diplomatic and military actions, with the ultimate goal of victory against the Delian League.

Soviet Central Committee 19   Comrades of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist States, this is a moment of great crisis. Under the leadership of Comrade Stalin, we have triumphed over one fascist threat only for another to emerge. Even as Nazi Germany crumbled, the Americans revealed their true, reactionary colors. In Germany, they have incorporated Nazis into their ranks; in Greece and Turkey, they funnel weapons to monarchists and fascists; in China, they continue their rightist efforts to resist the will of the people by supporting a national fascist regime. The tentacles of reaction encircle the world, and we must resist, from developing atomic weapons to rival those of the Americans to supporting our Communist brethren around the world to challenging reactionary regimes, particularly in Europe. Gentlemen, do not let the sacrifices of our soldiers in the war be in vain! Let us achieve Lenin's dream and claim the world for the proletariat!

Soviet Central Committee 19

Comrades of the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist States, this is a moment of great crisis. Under the leadership of Comrade Stalin, we have triumphed over one fascist threat only for another to emerge. Even as Nazi Germany crumbled, the Americans revealed their true, reactionary colors. In Germany, they have incorporated Nazis into their ranks; in Greece and Turkey, they funnel weapons to monarchists and fascists; in China, they continue their rightist efforts to resist the will of the people by supporting a national fascist regime. The tentacles of reaction encircle the world, and we must resist, from developing atomic weapons to rival those of the Americans to supporting our Communist brethren around the world to challenging reactionary regimes, particularly in Europe. Gentlemen, do not let the sacrifices of our soldiers in the war be in vain! Let us achieve Lenin's dream and claim the world for the proletariat!

United Nations Security Council

United Nations Security Council

Taiwan Strait 2020   Starting off 2019, China’s president Xi Jinping addressed the Taiwanese people directly, not only highlighting the pressing need of “reunification” by placing Taiwan under “One Country Two System” rule, but also forcefully asserting that China will not “promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to use all necessary measures” to prevent Taiwan’s independence. This elicited a prompt response from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen, asserting that the “Taiwanese consensus” absolutely opposes “One Country Two System”. In the following days, she calls for the support of the international community, claiming that Taiwan has long protected its democracy and international shared values, and that Taiwan shouldn’t be forced to tolerate China’s encroachment on its sovereignty. With imminent military threats coming from China, the cabinet, organizations, and parties of Taiwan has to come together to solve these crises. In the year 2020, with the presidential elections around the corner, political nuances on this issue only becomes more and more complicated - how will Taiwan find its way to safety?

Taiwan Strait 2020

Starting off 2019, China’s president Xi Jinping addressed the Taiwanese people directly, not only highlighting the pressing need of “reunification” by placing Taiwan under “One Country Two System” rule, but also forcefully asserting that China will not “promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to use all necessary measures” to prevent Taiwan’s independence. This elicited a prompt response from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen, asserting that the “Taiwanese consensus” absolutely opposes “One Country Two System”. In the following days, she calls for the support of the international community, claiming that Taiwan has long protected its democracy and international shared values, and that Taiwan shouldn’t be forced to tolerate China’s encroachment on its sovereignty. With imminent military threats coming from China, the cabinet, organizations, and parties of Taiwan has to come together to solve these crises. In the year 2020, with the presidential elections around the corner, political nuances on this issue only becomes more and more complicated - how will Taiwan find its way to safety?


Past Committees: SCSY 2018


Ad Hoc Committee   The Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General is a fast paced and intense committee intended for experienced delegates. To prepare for this committee, delegates should familiarize themselves with pre-modern nautical law. The exact topic of the committee, however, will be confidential until shortly before the conference, forcing delegates to think on their feet. Delegates will be expected to adapt quickly to a multitude of different crises. Ultimately, the goal for the Ad-Hoc Committee is to be one of SCSY's most challenging and exciting committees.

Ad Hoc Committee

The Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General is a fast paced and intense committee intended for experienced delegates. To prepare for this committee, delegates should familiarize themselves with pre-modern nautical law. The exact topic of the committee, however, will be confidential until shortly before the conference, forcing delegates to think on their feet. Delegates will be expected to adapt quickly to a multitude of different crises. Ultimately, the goal for the Ad-Hoc Committee is to be one of SCSY's most challenging and exciting committees.

ASEAN 2080   In the year 2080, the region is devastated by record-high monsoons, flooding, and tsunamis.. The continuous climatic changes have interfered with the region’s economic development, as well as an associated capacity to adapt. In order to prevent the staggering deaths, displacement and domestic governance issues related to climate refugeeS and social unrest, ASEAN will have to work tirelessly to create measures for emergency response and long-term prevention and development. In this committee, delegates must consider the intersectional nature of socio-economic development and the responsibilities of climate change management. This committee will attempt to revive the Indonesian and Malaysian economy by providing economic plans that will shift their economies away from palm oil production to a more sustainable industry, in addition to proposing solutions on environmental restoration and equitable resource distribution.

ASEAN 2080

In the year 2080, the region is devastated by record-high monsoons, flooding, and tsunamis.. The continuous climatic changes have interfered with the region’s economic development, as well as an associated capacity to adapt. In order to prevent the staggering deaths, displacement and domestic governance issues related to climate refugeeS and social unrest, ASEAN will have to work tirelessly to create measures for emergency response and long-term prevention and development. In this committee, delegates must consider the intersectional nature of socio-economic development and the responsibilities of climate change management. This committee will attempt to revive the Indonesian and Malaysian economy by providing economic plans that will shift their economies away from palm oil production to a more sustainable industry, in addition to proposing solutions on environmental restoration and equitable resource distribution.

ASEAN: North Korean Nuclearization   Threats of another World War. Tangled alliances. Countries in fear of one leader. Of one country. More than 70 years after its founding as North Korea, the country’s history of global isolation and international embitterment has manifested in its expansion of nuclear arms. Kim Jong-un’s regime decorated by a legacy of military concentration, internal security, accusations of Human Rights abuses, and deplorable standards of life has propagated hostility and threatened international security. With its expanding arsenal of nuclear weapons, North Korea demands the attention of nations to prioritize their security and compromise on maintaining global peace. The North Korean Nuclear Crisis committee will discuss cooperation among nations to explore and analyze ways to respond to North Korea’s growing militarization and nuclear actions for the existence of mankind and all who may depend on it.

ASEAN: North Korean Nuclearization

Threats of another World War. Tangled alliances. Countries in fear of one leader. Of one country. More than 70 years after its founding as North Korea, the country’s history of global isolation and international embitterment has manifested in its expansion of nuclear arms. Kim Jong-un’s regime decorated by a legacy of military concentration, internal security, accusations of Human Rights abuses, and deplorable standards of life has propagated hostility and threatened international security. With its expanding arsenal of nuclear weapons, North Korea demands the attention of nations to prioritize their security and compromise on maintaining global peace. The North Korean Nuclear Crisis committee will discuss cooperation among nations to explore and analyze ways to respond to North Korea’s growing militarization and nuclear actions for the existence of mankind and all who may depend on it.


The Avengers   The year is 2100 and aliens have invaded planet Earth! They have come to steal all of earth’s resources and return to Planet Knowhere. Unfortunately, the aliens do not speak our language and it is virtually impossible to communicate. World leaders have come together to try and appease the aliens before earth’s resources are depleted. After realizing they do not have the strength to fight this invasion alone, they have called on the help of the Avengers. The Avengers must now join forces with world governments to defeat the aliens and save the human race!

The Avengers

The year is 2100 and aliens have invaded planet Earth! They have come to steal all of earth’s resources and return to Planet Knowhere. Unfortunately, the aliens do not speak our language and it is virtually impossible to communicate. World leaders have come together to try and appease the aliens before earth’s resources are depleted. After realizing they do not have the strength to fight this invasion alone, they have called on the help of the Avengers. The Avengers must now join forces with world governments to defeat the aliens and save the human race!

Biotechnology Business and Ethics   The Committee on Biotechnology Business and Ethics serves as a forum for debate on the most cutting-edge and relevant issues of our time. As new technologies emerge that push the boundaries of what we know to be possible, how do we decide what is “right” and what is “wrong”? How much control should corporations have over such technologies, and how much should governments regulate these industries? As scientists get closer to perfecting innovations such as cloning, gene editing, stem cell therapy, and more, how will daily life be affected? How will they change how economies work, how governments make decisions, and how war is waged? Delegates will represent a variety of small companies, large corporations, and regulatory agencies. They will have to balance their competing interests, from maximizing profits with corporate mergers and alliances to preventing apocalyptic environmental consequences.

Biotechnology Business and Ethics

The Committee on Biotechnology Business and Ethics serves as a forum for debate on the most cutting-edge and relevant issues of our time. As new technologies emerge that push the boundaries of what we know to be possible, how do we decide what is “right” and what is “wrong”? How much control should corporations have over such technologies, and how much should governments regulate these industries? As scientists get closer to perfecting innovations such as cloning, gene editing, stem cell therapy, and more, how will daily life be affected? How will they change how economies work, how governments make decisions, and how war is waged? Delegates will represent a variety of small companies, large corporations, and regulatory agencies. They will have to balance their competing interests, from maximizing profits with corporate mergers and alliances to preventing apocalyptic environmental consequences.

Biowarfare   As tensions heighten between the U.S. and North Korea, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has unveiled their newest tactic: biowarfare. The US government has received intel that 4 inbound passenger planes have been contaminated by a new, aggressive virus strain, genetically engineered by North Korean scientists. The virus seems to have been converted to a weaponized aerosol. The fatality rate is currently unclear, but some passengers are already showing symptoms. How will the U.S. government prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease? How will they develop a treatment/cure? How will international organizations contribute to or react against the US response? Will the US military respond to this act of war? Will you be able to save the country?

Biowarfare

As tensions heighten between the U.S. and North Korea, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has unveiled their newest tactic: biowarfare. The US government has received intel that 4 inbound passenger planes have been contaminated by a new, aggressive virus strain, genetically engineered by North Korean scientists. The virus seems to have been converted to a weaponized aerosol. The fatality rate is currently unclear, but some passengers are already showing symptoms. How will the U.S. government prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease? How will they develop a treatment/cure? How will international organizations contribute to or react against the US response? Will the US military respond to this act of war? Will you be able to save the country?


Cleopatra's War Council   The topic of human rights violations for corporate and business purposes emanates from the beginning of human history. From the Pharaohs using slave labour to build pyramids; to the Russian oil oligarchs, for all intents and purposes, enslaving the weakest social classes in the erstwhile Soviet Union; to the more modern sweatshop labour in South and South-East Asia where persons and compelled to work in slavish conditions for practically no pay; corporate human right abuses have been innumerable. The motive is rather simple. All corporations desire success, by gaining consumers and maximising profits. To capture the market, they must provide goods and services at a large scale, at low prices. But with increasing regulation and fair standards requirements in the developed world, the need to seek alternative sources of cheap materials and labour increases as well. Many work within the framework of humanity and outcompete their fellow corporations through better research and technology, while some seek the easy solution, turning their powerful gaze towards emerging markets whose labour and human capital they may exploit with far fewer restrictions.

Cleopatra's War Council

The topic of human rights violations for corporate and business purposes emanates from the beginning of human history. From the Pharaohs using slave labour to build pyramids; to the Russian oil oligarchs, for all intents and purposes, enslaving the weakest social classes in the erstwhile Soviet Union; to the more modern sweatshop labour in South and South-East Asia where persons and compelled to work in slavish conditions for practically no pay; corporate human right abuses have been innumerable. The motive is rather simple. All corporations desire success, by gaining consumers and maximising profits. To capture the market, they must provide goods and services at a large scale, at low prices. But with increasing regulation and fair standards requirements in the developed world, the need to seek alternative sources of cheap materials and labour increases as well. Many work within the framework of humanity and outcompete their fellow corporations through better research and technology, while some seek the easy solution, turning their powerful gaze towards emerging markets whose labour and human capital they may exploit with far fewer restrictions.

Coachella Board of Directors   The October 2018 meeting of the Coachella Board of Directors at Yale University will convene the music festival’s leadership and invited guests to discuss the music festival’s past success and potential for the future. Delegates in this committee will reflect on the 2018 event, including its lineup, attendance, and marketing and plan the 2019 event, confronting issues of diversity, security, and competition in the process. Get your flower crowns and flash tattoos ready.

Coachella Board of Directors

The October 2018 meeting of the Coachella Board of Directors at Yale University will convene the music festival’s leadership and invited guests to discuss the music festival’s past success and potential for the future. Delegates in this committee will reflect on the 2018 event, including its lineup, attendance, and marketing and plan the 2019 event, confronting issues of diversity, security, and competition in the process. Get your flower crowns and flash tattoos ready.

Fashion: LVMH Board of Directors   LVMH is one of the world's largest luxury goods conglomerates. With subsidiaries that span the wine, spirits, fashion, and cosmetics industries, the company constantly faces pressure to carve out a space in the market for each brand while forming a cohesive unit as a whole. In this fantasy committee, delegates will serve on the board of directors, navigating the market and creating a corporate strategy for the coming year. In the era of fast fashion, streetwear, and anti-elitism, how can they not only survive, but emerge the best and the strongest?

Fashion: LVMH Board of Directors

LVMH is one of the world's largest luxury goods conglomerates. With subsidiaries that span the wine, spirits, fashion, and cosmetics industries, the company constantly faces pressure to carve out a space in the market for each brand while forming a cohesive unit as a whole. In this fantasy committee, delegates will serve on the board of directors, navigating the market and creating a corporate strategy for the coming year. In the era of fast fashion, streetwear, and anti-elitism, how can they not only survive, but emerge the best and the strongest?


Feudal Japan   1592. Invasion of the Korean peninsula. While initial Japanese advancements in Korea were swift, Ming China has sent their own forces to help Joseon Korea. Talented Korean naval commanders and guerrilla forces bog down Japanese troops. Domestically, the issue of succession looms as well. Hideyoshi, aging and increasingly infirm, appointed his nephew Hidetsugu as his heir and as Imperial Regent in 1591. However, Hideyoshi's wife has recently given birth to a baby boy, who will no doubt become the new heir to Hideyoshi. This has already begun to deteriorate relations between Hideyoshi and his nephew. Above all this, daimyo around the land wait, and watch. After Hideyoshi's inevitable death, who will rule the land?

Feudal Japan

1592. Invasion of the Korean peninsula. While initial Japanese advancements in Korea were swift, Ming China has sent their own forces to help Joseon Korea. Talented Korean naval commanders and guerrilla forces bog down Japanese troops. Domestically, the issue of succession looms as well. Hideyoshi, aging and increasingly infirm, appointed his nephew Hidetsugu as his heir and as Imperial Regent in 1591. However, Hideyoshi's wife has recently given birth to a baby boy, who will no doubt become the new heir to Hideyoshi. This has already begun to deteriorate relations between Hideyoshi and his nephew. Above all this, daimyo around the land wait, and watch. After Hideyoshi's inevitable death, who will rule the land?

Harry Potter: Voldemort's Return   The searing pain and angry black, inflamed Mark are unmistakable signs. The Dark Lord has returned. In the aftermath of the Triwizard Tournament, you, a Death Eater branded with the symbol of your supposedly undying servitude, have difficult choices to make. Do you serve faithfully alongside the Dark Lord as he plots to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic, dealing with that pesky Potter and his equally insufferable allies? Or have your allegiances changed since the First Wizarding War? This committee isn’t for the faint-hearted Muggle—prepare to enter a wizarding world full of deceit, double agents, and Dark Magic as we see if love or darkness prevails.

Harry Potter: Voldemort's Return

The searing pain and angry black, inflamed Mark are unmistakable signs. The Dark Lord has returned. In the aftermath of the Triwizard Tournament, you, a Death Eater branded with the symbol of your supposedly undying servitude, have difficult choices to make. Do you serve faithfully alongside the Dark Lord as he plots to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic, dealing with that pesky Potter and his equally insufferable allies? Or have your allegiances changed since the First Wizarding War? This committee isn’t for the faint-hearted Muggle—prepare to enter a wizarding world full of deceit, double agents, and Dark Magic as we see if love or darkness prevails.

Joint Crisis Committee: Game of Thrones - The North   As tensions in King’s Landing and the North intensify, the Game of Thrones JCC’s Committee of the North convenes to decide on matters of life and death. Stannis and his army have lost in the battle against the Boltons. Jon Snow has recently woken up after the mutiny. The future of many powerful positions are more unstable than ever – from Lord Commander of the Night's Watch to Warden of Winterfell to the person on the Iron throne. At the same time, the threat of White Walkers, wights, and the Night King continues to grow. Thus, important figures at Winterfell, Castle Black, and North of the Wall will put aside their differences—or magnify those differences—as they vie for political power, military force, and familial honor.

Joint Crisis Committee: Game of Thrones - The North

As tensions in King’s Landing and the North intensify, the Game of Thrones JCC’s Committee of the North convenes to decide on matters of life and death. Stannis and his army have lost in the battle against the Boltons. Jon Snow has recently woken up after the mutiny. The future of many powerful positions are more unstable than ever – from Lord Commander of the Night's Watch to Warden of Winterfell to the person on the Iron throne. At the same time, the threat of White Walkers, wights, and the Night King continues to grow. Thus, important figures at Winterfell, Castle Black, and North of the Wall will put aside their differences—or magnify those differences—as they vie for political power, military force, and familial honor.


Joint Crisis Committee: Game of Thrones - King's Landing   *Spoiler alert!* With the Sparrows dominating the order of King’s Landing, the entire Lannister and Tyrell families seem to have fallen in power. Cersei has taken her walk of atonement, Joffrey and Myrcella have been murdered, and Margaery and Loras have been put under the Sparrows’ custody. On top of it all, rumours of the birth of three dragons – the first in thousands of years – have finally reached Westeros. As tensions intensify in the Red Keep, unrest brews in the North, and the distant threat of the Targaryen girl challenges life in Westeros as we know it, your deliberations as the Game of Thrones JCC’S Committee of the South will determine who takes over the Iron Throne, and who lives to see it.

Joint Crisis Committee: Game of Thrones - King's Landing

*Spoiler alert!* With the Sparrows dominating the order of King’s Landing, the entire Lannister and Tyrell families seem to have fallen in power. Cersei has taken her walk of atonement, Joffrey and Myrcella have been murdered, and Margaery and Loras have been put under the Sparrows’ custody. On top of it all, rumours of the birth of three dragons – the first in thousands of years – have finally reached Westeros. As tensions intensify in the Red Keep, unrest brews in the North, and the distant threat of the Targaryen girl challenges life in Westeros as we know it, your deliberations as the Game of Thrones JCC’S Committee of the South will determine who takes over the Iron Throne, and who lives to see it.

Joint Crisis Committee: Democratic National Convention 2020   At the Democratic National Convention (DNC 2020), delegates will convene to choose a nominee from among the many contenders (delegates will represent various possible contenders for the party’s nomination). Problems in need of particular attention are our healthcare system, quality of life for everyday Americans, and civil rights. Beyond that, this DNC will focus on how to respond to the Trump era -- focusing on how we can unite the party to move forward. This DNC will be rife with corruption, scandal, and controversy -- delegates should be prepared to debate, to deflect, and to defend themselves (and our country).

Joint Crisis Committee: Democratic National Convention 2020

At the Democratic National Convention (DNC 2020), delegates will convene to choose a nominee from among the many contenders (delegates will represent various possible contenders for the party’s nomination). Problems in need of particular attention are our healthcare system, quality of life for everyday Americans, and civil rights. Beyond that, this DNC will focus on how to respond to the Trump era -- focusing on how we can unite the party to move forward. This DNC will be rife with corruption, scandal, and controversy -- delegates should be prepared to debate, to deflect, and to defend themselves (and our country).

Joint Crisis Committee: Republican National Convention 2020   At the Republican National Convention (RNC 2020), delegates will convene to choose a nominee from among the many contenders (delegates will represent various possible contenders for the party’s nomination). Delegates should be prepared to debate, to deflect, and to defend themselves (and our country).

Joint Crisis Committee: Republican National Convention 2020

At the Republican National Convention (RNC 2020), delegates will convene to choose a nominee from among the many contenders (delegates will represent various possible contenders for the party’s nomination). Delegates should be prepared to debate, to deflect, and to defend themselves (and our country).



Joint Crisis Committee: Russia vs Ukraine   This simulation covers hypothetical future developments in the ongoing war between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine, set against a background of weakened economies, rising internal discontent, and uncertain future development. Delegates will take the role of members of high-level Kremlin and Ukrainian security-policy councils as they attempt to navigate the vicissitudes of the situation on the ground while working towards a stable, favorable resolution to the war. Delegates will contend with the multifaceted nature and unique challenges of modern geopolitical conflict and the Kremlin’s “Gerasimov Doctrine,” including cyber-warfare, political-influence and disinformation campaigns, and the use of paramilitary proxies, in addition to more traditional diplomatic, military, and economic approaches to power-projection.

Joint Crisis Committee: Russia vs Ukraine

This simulation covers hypothetical future developments in the ongoing war between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine, set against a background of weakened economies, rising internal discontent, and uncertain future development. Delegates will take the role of members of high-level Kremlin and Ukrainian security-policy councils as they attempt to navigate the vicissitudes of the situation on the ground while working towards a stable, favorable resolution to the war. Delegates will contend with the multifaceted nature and unique challenges of modern geopolitical conflict and the Kremlin’s “Gerasimov Doctrine,” including cyber-warfare, political-influence and disinformation campaigns, and the use of paramilitary proxies, in addition to more traditional diplomatic, military, and economic approaches to power-projection.

Military Special Forces   The Special Elite Military Forces Committee will tie together the major special forces teams from all around the world with global-counter terrorism efforts. Through a discussion of civilian-military relations and the interaction that special force teams have upon civilians, this committee will explore the legality behind secret special forces missions. Representing the heads of state of those countries with special elite forces as well as the leaders of the world's most special elite forces, delegates will interact with other nations that have similar or different goals, in hopes of best representing their respective nation, while juggling the threat of global-counter terrorism. Either by working with each other or undermining each other, each representative of the committee will have to decide how to respond to the crises of terrorism around the world through secret military action, normal military deployment, a combination of the two, or a more peaceful resolution. Through diplomatic relations and military operations, representatives will attempt to maintain global peace in the face of global-counter terrorism.

Military Special Forces

The Special Elite Military Forces Committee will tie together the major special forces teams from all around the world with global-counter terrorism efforts. Through a discussion of civilian-military relations and the interaction that special force teams have upon civilians, this committee will explore the legality behind secret special forces missions. Representing the heads of state of those countries with special elite forces as well as the leaders of the world's most special elite forces, delegates will interact with other nations that have similar or different goals, in hopes of best representing their respective nation, while juggling the threat of global-counter terrorism. Either by working with each other or undermining each other, each representative of the committee will have to decide how to respond to the crises of terrorism around the world through secret military action, normal military deployment, a combination of the two, or a more peaceful resolution. Through diplomatic relations and military operations, representatives will attempt to maintain global peace in the face of global-counter terrorism.

Rio Olympics   As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the world's eyes are watching Brazil's every accomplishment, every slip-up, and every scandal. From the Zika Virus to lacking infrastructure to potential presidential impeachment, the 2016 Games have the international community and Brazil's own population questioning the future of the Olympics as a whole. The city of Rio is a huge construction site. There are large anti-Olympics protest coalitions building up all around the country. Fewer than 50 days before the Olympics were stated to start, Rio declared a "state of public calamity." Can Rio pull off a successful Olympics? Or will the entire ordeal be an international embarrassment?

Rio Olympics

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the world's eyes are watching Brazil's every accomplishment, every slip-up, and every scandal. From the Zika Virus to lacking infrastructure to potential presidential impeachment, the 2016 Games have the international community and Brazil's own population questioning the future of the Olympics as a whole. The city of Rio is a huge construction site. There are large anti-Olympics protest coalitions building up all around the country. Fewer than 50 days before the Olympics were stated to start, Rio declared a "state of public calamity." Can Rio pull off a successful Olympics? Or will the entire ordeal be an international embarrassment?


Spanish Committee: Puerto Rican National Assembly 1950   En el año 1950, el Congreso de los Estados Unidos pasó la Ley #600, la cual otorgaba al pueblo de Puerto Rico la capacidad para crear una Constitución dentro del marco colonial de su estatus. Ante la inminente perpetuación del estatus colonial de Puerto Rico, el Partido Nacionalista Puertorriqueño, dirigido por Don Pedro Albizu Campos, determinó que había llegado el momento de la definición suprema para Puerto Rico. Y, en esta coyontura histórica nos encontramos. ¿Serás el gran líder de la nueva República? ¿O venderás la patria por influencia y poder en la colonia yanqui?

Spanish Committee: Puerto Rican National Assembly 1950

En el año 1950, el Congreso de los Estados Unidos pasó la Ley #600, la cual otorgaba al pueblo de Puerto Rico la capacidad para crear una Constitución dentro del marco colonial de su estatus. Ante la inminente perpetuación del estatus colonial de Puerto Rico, el Partido Nacionalista Puertorriqueño, dirigido por Don Pedro Albizu Campos, determinó que había llegado el momento de la definición suprema para Puerto Rico. Y, en esta coyontura histórica nos encontramos. ¿Serás el gran líder de la nueva República? ¿O venderás la patria por influencia y poder en la colonia yanqui?

Suez Canal Crisis   In July 1956, Egyptian ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal. Taking private ownership of the waterway connecting the Mediterranean and Red sea, Nasser economically legitimized Egypt — much to the chagrin of the United Kingdom, France, and Israel. The Balkanization of Eurasia and the Middle East in the mid-1950s exacerbated the preexisting Russo-American Cold War tensions and threatened to bring on an international war. This is a committee about power — who holds it, how best to wield it, and how to seize it. This committee will consist of the major power players of the Suez Crisis, from Egypt and France, to Russia and the U.S.A.

Suez Canal Crisis

In July 1956, Egyptian ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized the Suez Canal. Taking private ownership of the waterway connecting the Mediterranean and Red sea, Nasser economically legitimized Egypt — much to the chagrin of the United Kingdom, France, and Israel. The Balkanization of Eurasia and the Middle East in the mid-1950s exacerbated the preexisting Russo-American Cold War tensions and threatened to bring on an international war. This is a committee about power — who holds it, how best to wield it, and how to seize it. This committee will consist of the major power players of the Suez Crisis, from Egypt and France, to Russia and the U.S.A.

Syrian Crisis   As the Assad regime continues to buckle under the pressure of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as well as United States-backed Kurdish forces, millions of refugees have flooded out of the country using any means necessary to reach safe haven in surrounding nations and Europe. Many Syrians have lost their lives as the nations that have been forced to absorb them struggle to provide the displaced population with homes and vital resources. Several questions remain: how can the war at root of the conflict be resolved? How can the problems caused by this mass displacement be mitigated? And, how can the Syrians begin to rebuild their country? Adopt the roles of the various forces which are entangled in Syria’s internal and external politics, make alliances, and vye for the interests of your country or organization. Will you come to an agreement?


Syrian Crisis

As the Assad regime continues to buckle under the pressure of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as well as United States-backed Kurdish forces, millions of refugees have flooded out of the country using any means necessary to reach safe haven in surrounding nations and Europe. Many Syrians have lost their lives as the nations that have been forced to absorb them struggle to provide the displaced population with homes and vital resources. Several questions remain: how can the war at root of the conflict be resolved? How can the problems caused by this mass displacement be mitigated? And, how can the Syrians begin to rebuild their country? Adopt the roles of the various forces which are entangled in Syria’s internal and external politics, make alliances, and vye for the interests of your country or organization. Will you come to an agreement?