February 2, 2019

Crisis

In PIMUN 2019’s crisis we will be jumping into the events in April 2014, right after the formalized annexation of the Crimean Peninsula into the Russian Federation. Despite this episode being one of the most contentious points in a public discourse, the most critical stage of the Ukrainian crisis started with the beginning of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine and the escalation of violence in Donetsk and Luhansk. Far from being simply a military crisis, our simulation this year will encompass a full scope of intertwining and multifaceted issues including the drama of internal politics, the role of paramilitary groups, the underpinnings of economy and trade, information warfare and diplomatic confrontations in the international arena.

 


WHAT IS CRISIS?


 

Crisis operates under a slightly different format than a regular Model UN committee. Here, delegates do not necessarily represent specific countries or organisations, but rather act as specific individuals and characters organised into cabinets, which simulate an historical (or a hypothetical) event in real time. In this Crisis, we will have chair-delegates, who act as Heads of Cabinets. For example, the chair of a contemporary French cabinet in a Crisis simulation would take the role of Emmanuel Macron, whilst a delegate would play the role of other important national figures, such as ministers, military commanders, influential businessmen and etc. On the other hand, we will have a United Nations Security Council, that will work in a more traditional MUN-way.

The intensity and fluidity of Crisis make it one of the most challenging committees for both chairs and delegates. Not only do the delegates require a deeper knowledge of their topics, but also must be ready to react quickly to changing circumstances, and have the ability to persuade others to follow their course of action. This demands not only the usual qualities of a MUN Delegate, but also requires the ability to accurately assess risks, analyse situations and keep track of various developments.


PIMUN’S 2019 CRISIS


The Topic of 2019: Ukraine after the Crimean Referendum

As the Ukrainian conflict is looming into its fifth year, the status quo does seem to shift left nor right in the Eastern Front. While the Ukrainian conflict has been discussed and analysed numerous times in various MUN conferences and their classical committees, the full potential has not been fully realized yet. The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia has not been treated only as a regional issue, but also has been considered as a watershed moment, where the post cold-war order ended. The framework of a Joint Cabinet Crisis offers a great opportunity to revisit one of the most talked crises in the past decade.

In this Ukrainian Crisis, we will be simulating three concurrent committees:

  1. The National Security & Defence Council of Ukraine
  2. Security Council of Russia
  3. United Nations Security Council

ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL


JUSTAS KIDYKAS

Justas is a second year International Security Master’s student at Sciences Po university in Paris. Born in Lithuania, Justas had a chance to participate in various MUN conferences around Europe, including France, the UK, Turkey, Italy, Belarus and Lithuania. Notably, Justas has worked on crises in various capacities in PIMUN, Warwick MUN, Reims MUN and all the way in Minsk, where he did a crisis on Nazi invasion from the moon…. Having been unable to count the actual number of conferences he has attended, Justas hopes to close its MUN chapter with a successful crisis on the Ukrainian conflict. Justas has all the political and societal awareness and the expertise on Eastern Europe and Russia’s role in the region. In this conference, Justas will be a principal point of contact between the Directors and the Secretariat, and will be responsible for an overall oversight of the Crisis. Outside of MUN, Justas is a big enthusiast of alternative and underground music, though, he cannot play a single musical instrument.

 


CRISIS DIRECTOR


MALTE CHRISTOPH WESTPHAL

Malte is currently finishing a master degree in computer science and management at the University of Hamburg (Germany). However he has always been very interested in international politics and attended his first MUN in 2014 in Israel. Since then he has attended over 30 MUNs in a dozen countries all across Europe and held almost every position imaginable from Delegate to Secretary General. With a third of these MUNs being in the magic realm of crisis, he is looking forward to provide the best imaginable experience to the delegates, and challenge their skills to the core. He is also looking forward to come back to France, after he fell in love with the country while being Deputy Crisis Director at LyonMUN last year, only to see that his A1 french language course is still completely useless.


DEPUTY CRISIS DIRECTOR


 

ROKAS MORKŪNAS

Rokas is a first year International Security Master’s student at Sciences Po and as well as Justas is actively engaged in diplomatic and international security courses. Being grateful to MUN for showing him a career and university path, Rokas has been actively participating in a number of conferences, including Singapore, Chicago, Budapest, Warsaw, London and other. All of this led him to test what is simulated with the big guys at the UN in New York, where he did an internship last year. Always being a huge fan of crisis committees, Rokas put a lot of emphasis on this when organizing Lithuanian MUN’s being the organization’s Secretary General. Now, being based in Paris, Rokas is looking for to get back into MUN world with a bang, and what better place to do it, than PIMUN’s Crisis Team. Always approachable and communicative, he can barely be seen without a smile, notwithstanding the seriousness of a given situation.