Historical Crisis

Further details regarding this committee will be released ahead of CUIMUN XXVI in August 2020.

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.


Our previous crises 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: 1919, Europe after the Great War (Weimar Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Irish Republic, Paris Peace Conference)

  • CUIMUN XXV 2019: 1798, The Napoleonic Wars (Revolutionary France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Holy Roman Empire, The Russian Empire)