Cuban Missile Crisis
For 13 days in October 1962 the world was brought closer to nuclear war than it has ever been. This crisis committee will simulate the Cuban Missile Crisis, to see if today’s youth can use diplomacy to avert armageddon. Delegates will be working in the wake of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, as tension mounts between the United States and USSR. The Soviet Union is disgruntled by a Western violation of a Communist state’s sovereignty, while the United States is concerned at the prospect of a Communist Cuba so close to the continental US. Delegates will grapple with the prospect of Soviet missiles in Cuba and the spread of Communism throughout the region.
Delegates, representing President Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro and other key players, will try to mitigate tensions between the two sides in an attempt to stop a potential nuclear war. Other delegates will represent their allies and enemies from Turkey, Italy, and Cuba, as well as the leaders of various international organizations.
Delegates must thoroughly research their respective positions and realistically represent the policies and interests of their positions, keeping in mind their alliances and capabilities. It’ll be up to the delegates to prevent a global catastrophe, or, if the worst case materializes, win what might be the largest Cold War conflict in history. In a room filled with opposing powers possessing nuclear capability, war will be hard to avoid. Will the conflict end peacefully, or will it develop into the Third World War?
Committee Organizers: Alex Berry, Julian Watrous, Hannah Tager, Katrina Northrop, and Moses Rubin