Crisis operates under a completely different format from regular Model UN committees, with delegates representing individuals organised into cabinets instead of states and simulating an historical event in real time. Crisis chairs will be chair-delegates, who act as Heads of Cabinets. The chair of a contemporary German cabinet in a Crisis simulation would play the role Angela Merkel, for example, whilst in said cabinet a delegate would play the role of a German minister, such as Olaf Scholz.
The intensity and fluidity of Crisis make it one of the most challenging committees for both chairs and delegates. In addition to being the first university-level MUN conference in the UK, Cambridge has also established a high reputation for Crisis with some of the most original and pioneering takes on this dynamic format.
There are no fixed rules of procedure in committee as delegates can speak whenever they please and instead of writing resolutions or working papers, delegates will be writing directives. Directives are requests or commands that will be processed by the crisis staff in real time and give delegates a chance to see the direct consequences of the actions they take. All directives will be submitted online thus laptops will be required.
This year's CUIMUN will feature a four-cabinet Historical Crisis connected with this year's conference theme. Previous four-cabinet Crises at CUIMUN have included:
CUIMUN XX 2014: 1508 War of the League of Cambrai (Venice, Florence, Ferrara, Papal States)
CUIMUN XXI 2015: 1919-22 Graeco-Turkish War (Constantinople, Ankara, Athens, League of Nations)
CUIMUN XXII 2016: 1136 Wars of King Stephen (Stephen, Matilda, Louis VI, Innocent II)
CUIMUN XXIV 2018: Europe after the Great War, 1919 (Weimar Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Irish Republic, Paris Peace Conference)
The Topic: The Napoleonic Wars (1798)
CUIMUN 2019 will see the re-enactment of one of the deadliest wars in Europe which changed the scene of the continent forever and resulted in over 3.5 million soldiers and civilians killed.
For our 25th edition, we will be going back to Europe in the midst of Napoleon’s campaigns and exploring its effects in domestic and international politics. The cabinets being simulated, and their chairs, are as follows:
Revolutionary France (Paul Barras)
The British Empire (William Pitt the Younger)
The Holy Roman Empire (Francis II)
The Russian Empire (Paul I)
We are excited to build and expand on CUIMUN's foundational tradition of Historical and Crisis Committees of the highest academic standard and rigour, and in particular on our previous simulations of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference (CUIMUN XVII 2011) and of the 1919-22 Graeco-Turkish War (CUIMUN XXI 2015). The latter was also innovatively the first conference on the UK circuit to integrate a standard diplomatic, deliberative, peace-making body (the League of Nations) within a wider directives-based, multi-cabinet historical Crisis.
Rather than focusing primarily on a single aspect within a crisis committee, such as diplomacy, military, or economics, this year CUIMUN’s crisis will offer a balanced experience that will allow delegates to act with freedom and take on any angle they desire within the crisis. War will of course be an integral part of the simulation however delegates should realise that pursuing your goals through diplomacy or economics might be just as effective as sending in an army.
Our Directors will serve as a principal point of contact between the Secretariat and our Crisis participants, in addition to managing all aspects of this year's Crisis simulation.
Felicity is a 20-year-old British National and a second-year Politics and International Relations Student at the University of Cambridge. She started her Model UN experience in GA committees, winning a diplomacy award in the UN Women committee at her first University-level conference (LIMUN 2016). It was only at her first CUIMUN that she switched over to crisis, bust she hasn’t looked back since. She directed at last year’s CUIMUN XXIV – experience she will be relying upon for this year’s crisis, along with her A-Level history notes on the Napoleonic Wars. When she is not doing Model UN, she spends a lot of time kickboxing – serving as the university’s kickboxing society’s fight co-ordinator for this year. She also enjoys student journalism and watching rugby.
Badshah is currently a Civil Engineering student at University College London who will be going into his third year in September and is very excited to serve as one of your Crisis Directors! He was born in Pakistan but has lived in various countries including Bosnia, Sudan, Uganda, but has recently settled in the UK. He started his MUN journey back in 2011 and accumulated a wealth of experience but became fascinated by the world of crisis when he began his university journey in early 2017. Ever since then, he has almost exclusively done crisis committees and has held various roles including being a Delegate, Chair, Cabinet Director, and directed three times before at Manchester, LSE, and Zurich. Outside of MUN, Badshah can usually be found reading about history, astrodynamics, religion or working as a Maths tutor. As a result, he considers himself a well-rounded individual and able to hold an interesting conversation with anyone. Overall, his extensive knowledge of the Napoleonic Era and previous directing experience suits him perfectly to be the Director this year at Cambridge and he looks forward to meeting you all soon!
Stefan joined his MUN society right after starting his Bachelor in Computer Science at ETH Zurich and has since attended numerous conferences across Europe, North America and Asia while also joining the board as chair, VP and president of ETH MUN. He found his passion for crisis during OxIMUN 2017 and has only participated in or directed crisis committees since. Having attended, chaired and directed mostly either medieval and or contemporary crises, Stefan is very keen on diving into the time of French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic era of the early 19th century. Introducing a plenitude of new mechanics into this four-cabinet crisis will hopefully both help to achieve a high degree of historical accuracy while also making it more accessible and attractive for crisis beginners.
Historical Crisis Consultants
Kevin Chuang is a third year International Relations student at King’s College London. Originally from Taiwan, he studied in Shanghai, China before attending university in the UK. Having started MUN in secondary school in Shanghai, Kevin attended 40+ conferences across six years. His experiences as a delegate, chair and/or secretariat member took him to various conferences situated in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Russia, Qatar and the United States. Coming to university, Kevin continued his MUN career at conferences hosted by Cambridge, LSE, and Harvard. Kevin’s hobbies outside of MUN (and IR) includes baseball, Netflix, cooking, self-studying trading and (finally) reading one of the numerous books he has on his reading list (currently over 20.)
Valentina is a 3rd year International Relations Brazilian-Italian student at King’s College London. While Valentina’s MUN career began back in high school, it really gained traction in the UK where she had the opportunity to attend several MUNs, including CUIMUN 2018. Outside of MUN, Valentina teaches debate and enjoys Muay Thai, shopping in the homeware section, coming up with new expressions to confuse her friends and being a plant mom.
Cabinet 1: Revolutionary France
At the start date of the crisis, Napoleon was not the one in charge as he was currently pursuing his Egypt campaign. As such, Paul Barrass is in control with the French Directorate.
However, the Directorate is not faring too well and is struggling to maintain control and the French populace is becoming increasingly unhappy with their performance.
Chair - Napoleon
Sultan recently graduated from the University of Surrey where he studied Law with International Relations and co-founded the University of Surrey Model UN Society. Sultan has been active in MUN since 2010 and he is excited to be attending his fifth CUIMUN which will also be his 50th MUN conference! Sultan is a Pakistani national however, he has spent little time there as he grew up in Bosnia & Herzegovina and later lived in Khartoum, Sudan under UN missions and eventually moved to the UK for higher education. As a result, Sultan considers himself a citizen of the world. Sultan loves photography and you might spot him with his camera at the socials! Sultan also has a passion for history which is the primary reason why he enjoys Historical Crisis and also loves to further that passion through video games which have a historical focus or themes such as Europa Universalis IV and the Assassin's Creed franchise. Sultan will be happy and eager to meet all of you at CUIMUN should you run into him!
I was born and raised in Hong Kong until the age of 8 and have since moved to London, England. Since then, I have recently graduated from the University of Westminster, London, UK where I have completed my studies in Law. At the moment, I am taking a break from my studies where I have been travelling around to enjoy the most I can as well as taking on new opportunities. My MUN journey have started a little less than 2 years ago at OxiMUN2017 and since then, I have been taking MUN for my entertainment with how creative and chaotic Crisis can be. This will be my 15th Crisis and perhaps my 18th or 20th MUN overall, because if it’s not Crisis, I think it takes a less important role in this counting. Fun fact – I can explain to you in detail why Hong Kong is separate from China and why the Extradition Ordinance which caused 2/7th of Hong Kong’s population to go on a peaceful protest was so controversial and yet still ongoing. But all in all, can’t wait to enjoy the Cambridge atmosphere and go on a river cruise with you all. Looking forward to reading all of your directives/ conducting your meetings.
Michael Bornholdt has completed his B.Sc. of Physics from the University of Hamburg and will begin his Master’s in Computational Science and Engineering at the TUM this October. With his dual German and US citizenship, he has always gravitated towards an international perspective. Thus, his enthusiasm for natural sciences and geopolitics has motivated him to spend time studying abroad: at Imperial College London, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and in Perth, Australia. Michael loves to organize events for various student organizations which keeps him busy, day and night and in his free time he indulges in all kind of games, be it long strategic board games or playing cards in an English pub. Alternatively, he likes to keep fit with fencing or volleyball and enjoys hiking in the mountains. Michael’s MUN experience is closely linked to the leadership program be-boosted and most notably includes LIMUN and WorldMUN. He now is looking forward to applying his creativity and organizational skills to create the best Crisis experience at CUIMUN. A fun fact about Michael is: He has visited over 40 states of the US but never lived there for longer than a month.
From: Almaty, Kazakhstan Academics: BSc Biomedical Science (2016-19, Imperial College London), MRes Biosciences (current, UCL) Hobbies: saying controversial things just to see how people react, pretending to not know the best way to poison everyone in the room Random fact: needs to be reminded of own birthday
Cabinet 2: The British Empire
Britain is currently dealing with the aftermath of the War of the First Coalition which ended a year before.
William Pitt the Younger is still currently in office as the Prime Minister however his arch-nemesis, Charles James Fox, of the Liberal Whigs is gaining increasing support as the previous war ended with France annexing much of the Rhineland and much of Italy.
Chair - William Pitt the Younger
Madison is a final year History student with a thematic specialisation of War and regional focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. American born and English educated - she hopes to bring a new meaning to our ‘special relationship’ at CUIMUN XXV. Within Model UN she will be serving her last year at KCL as Vice President of the KCL UNA and this will be her 12th crisis simulation. Outside of the crisis circuit, Madison hopes to work in the field of migration - putting in over 300 hours of work with asylum-seekers over the past calendar year with three separate NGOs. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the KCL Women & Politics blog, The Clandestine where she hopes to elevate the voices of women and non-binary people in all facets of media. In her free time, she loves to sing, dance, play music with her friends, and argue about international politics over a good gin and tonic.
Chair - Charles James Fox
Matt is a second-year PPE student at Oxford, turning coat for CUIMUN. He founded his high school’s MUN society at 16, which quickly came to focus on crisis sessions rather than regular committees. He hosted several school crisis events, and has created a 10,000-member online game based on MUN crisis style mechanics, adapted for regular servers of 50 players at a time. The game has now been running for 5 years, giving him a unique experience of how delegates respond to crises and how to keep the crisis ball rolling. On the MUN circuit itself, Matt has won best delegate two years running at Warwick’s WarMUN crisis simulations, first making Werner Heisenberg president of the Reich and then orchestrating an anthrax outbreak across the US West Coast in 2019.
Joanne is a British final-year History and Politics student at the University of York who has been involved in MUN for two years. Having now been to more conferences than she can count on both hands, she loves the high pace and excitement of Crisis, particularly when it comes to diplomatic and espionage-based tactics. She is the current DSG Personnel for YorkMUN 2020, and was the president of her university Debating Society from 2018-19. Outside of MUN, Joanne hopes to pursue a career from her academic research interests in international politics, activist movements and LGBTQ+ History. In her spare time, she loves to watch musicals, read and attend local drag nights, all fuelled by obscene quantities of tea.
Pablo Garfias Torrent
Pablo is a second-year PPE student at the University of York. Originally from Barcelona, he lived in Mexico for three years, during which he grew interested in diplomacy, international affairs and consequently, MUN. On his return to Catalonia/Barcelona/Spain, he helped organise BCNMUN as Debate Coordinator, training Chairs for the event. Since starting his degree, he has had the chance of delegating and chairing in several conferences so far, and is ready to return for his second iteration of CUIMUN, this time as a backroom for Crisis.
Sharath is a student of Law taking a minor in Politics at the University of Glasgow. Having attended more than 24 conferences it’s sufficed to say he has an avid passion for MUN. He leans towards agendas relating to military strategy and humanitarian intervention while his favourite simulations are those of historical crises, having even once played Hitler during Poland’s annexation in 1939 at a conference. With experience of crises at conferences in cities from Dubai to Dehradun, CUIMUN XXV will be Sharath’s first time taking part in a MUN conference in the UK. His childlike intrigue for British history going all the way back to the 16th century will surely aid him in being a part of the English Cabinet. His other interests include making midnight noodles and giving unlicensed therapy.
Cabinet 3: The Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire (HRE) cabinet currently has two leaders; the King of Prussia, Frederick Wilhelm III, and the Holy Roman Emperor, Francis III. Whilst Prussia is a subject of the HRE, they practically run as an independent state right now. The HRE has become fairly disjointed over the past years and very loosely functions as an ‘Empire’.
However, for the cabinet to be truly united, either Austria or Prussia would have to emerge as the clear rulers for the cabinet. If the Prussians are defeated, then this will provide a chance for the Austrians to reunite the HRE. Likewise if Austria is defeated, then new Imperial Elections will be triggered.
Chair - Francis II
Cynthia is an American Belgian and an honorary Finn. When they lived in Finland, Cynthia competitively did synchronised figure ice-skating for a decade, 6 years of which training was 4-6 times a week. Since moving to London, they now have significantly more free time, which besides MUN is spent travelling, drawing and painting, and cooking with friends —although being good at it is a separate issue. Fun fact: Cynthia can make tiramisu, or an amazing tuna steak, but somehow manages to routinely burn spinach.
Chair - Frederick Wilhelm III
Adam was born in 1999 in the town of South Shields in the North East of England and has lived in the region since his birth in the family town of West Boldon. Throughout his life, he has travelled extensively visiting Greece and France countless times alongside the Spanish Canaries, Switzerland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland. Now, returning to his studies, Adam is very invested in both the schools of history and politics with an overarching focus on the theoretical understanding of each. Whilst loving all periods of history from the fall of the Lacedaemonians to the fall of the Soviet Union, his speciality lies in the long 19th century and the last great age of empire. He considers himself a student of Hobsbawm and his monumental achievements in social history have drastically influenced his own work. However, in terms of politics, Adam's focus lies in global governance and security as he has a deep passion for diplomacy and understanding how the world works. He would describe himself as a social constructivist and believes very much in the idea that there is little of the international world that is secure and constant except its ever-changing nature. Outside of academia, Adam is a deeply involved member of UEA's student community sitting on the committees for Model UN, Debating, Conservative and European Student Network. He is deeply fond of UEA and MUN and is very appreciative of the community that university life has opened up to him; to be specific, Adam has attended several conferences as a delegate and chair and this will be his fourth time chairing and, hopefully, the best.
Luke recently graduated from the University of East Anglia, where he studied Law. Having attended numerous MUNs both within the UK and as far abroad as Hong Kong and Malaysia during the course of his studies, he returns to CUIMUN 2019 as Cabinet Director for the Holy Roman Empire. During his time at UEA, he served as Training Officer for the UEA Model United Nations Society and USG Academics and Chairing for the first two editions of NorwichMUN in 2017 and 2018. Although he has undertaken MUN throughout the extent of his LLB, he only discovered Crisis in early 2018 – a decision he has embraced and enjoyed very much since, wreaking havoc across the world in so many different timelines. When not plotting mass air-strikes over Taiwan or scheming the secret rearmament of the Weimar Republic, he enjoys fencing, reading and the odd game of Starcraft II.
Sarina is a second-year History and International Relations student at Kings College London. Having practiced MUN in her high school in Denmark, she returns after a one-year break, enthusiastic and ready for the challenges provided at CUIMUN. Her experience counts close to 20 conferences around Denmark and the rest of Northern Europe - several as a chair and two as Secretary-General - as well as the title of President of her high school club and President of MUNDK – the national Danish MUN association. Outside of MUN Sarina enjoys running, Netflix binge watching and good company.
Claire is a second-year student from UCL studying BA Education Studies. She is from Korea, but used to study in America as well for High School. Her hobbies include sleeping and eating, and as a fun fact, she used to be scared of ancient cultures (ALL OF THEM).
Cabinet 4: The Russian Empire
The final cabinet serves as the Russian Empire, led by Paul I and the crown prince, Alexander. The current chief of staff serve as some of the country’s most competent ever since the days of Peter the Great, which serve as a great threat to keep France in check.
However, Paul I is beginning to loosen their policy and align more with France than the other powers in the War of the First Coalition. However, the Crown Prince is proving himself to be extremely capable and serves as one of the key diplomats in Europe which might change the face of Europe in the years to come.
Chair - Prince Alexander
Originally from Luxembourg, Olivier is a computer science student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. There he joined the weekly sessions of the university’s MUN team and participated in his first conference soon after. Luckily, at that conference, he was assigned to a Joint Cabinet Crisis which sparked his love for crisis committees. Apart from MUN, Olivier’s hobbies include fencing and board games.
Korbinian is currently studying Business Administration and Political Science & Technology at LMU and TUM in Munich. He first gained MUN experience at an UK conference where he utterly failed Myanmar at the WHO by falling asleep the second day. Crisis has since grabbed his attention and successfully prevented any further humiliation. Justifying his wine consumption by pursuing a wine related business idea with a fellow MUN friend, he is currently looking to get into Italian and French reds (recommendations are always welcome). After successfully quitting Netflix, he hopes this is going to be the year he finally gives up on Amazon Prime. Korbinian’s current and past intellectual crushes include Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Žižek, Michael Sandel, Jane Goodall, John Legere and Indra Nooyi.
Name: Michelle Kazi Age: 55 Nationality: Global Citizen Occupation: Private Tutor, BSc Student, Freelance Writer, Slytherin House Mistress, Education/Business Contractor, Soon-To-Be Entrepreneur and Tory Activist #MasterofAllTrades MUN Experience: 10 years; CUIMUN 2019 will be Michelle’s 56th MUN conference. This will also be her 5th CUIMUN conference! Hobbies: Michelle has been mastering chocolatiering this last year and can make the most dashing bon-bons you’ve seen! Other than that, she bakes, writes, reads a lot, and is an avid activist for the Conservative Party. (EVEN UNDER BORIS, SHE’S LOYAL! #Dedication) Fun Fact: Michelle gave out Christmas cards while chairing at CUIMUN last year, it’s Christmas All-Day Everyday, throughout the year for year! Expect to see some seasonal cheer! #MerryChristmas
Eden was born and raised in Singapore, a small yet significant island-nation. She is currently a second-year undergraduate student at the Menton (read: best) campus of Sciences Po Paris and is eager to venture out into the wider world to meet people from varied cultures and backgrounds and hear their stories. Having participated in various capacities in MUN conferences from Singapore to UAE to USA, amongst other countries, she is excited to embark on yet another MUN journey, this time at CUIMUN 2019. When Eden has some time to spare, she loves to explore the beaches around the Mediterranean, experiment with cooking, plan trips around Europe in the face of both finite time and a limited student budget, and engage with a wide range of political opinions. Eden looks forward to meeting everyone at Cambridge come November! Thank you and see you soon in Cambridge!