JCC The Clash of the Titans: Sino-Soviet Split – USSR, 1967
Chair: Chase Wagers
Coordinated CM: Meggie Underwood
CM: Zach Thompson
It is August 16, 1967, and the Soviet Embassy in Beijing is under siege by Red Guards of Maoist China. The growing tensions between the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union are coming to a point and must be addressed, even while domestic concerns threaten to throw Communist China into chaos and may imperil the very survival of the Chinese Communist Party. Mao Zedong is at the height of his power, while China itself is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution. This comes at a time when many of the nations of the world have given diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China for the first time since its victory in the Chinese Civil War. In the U.S.S.R., General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev has ruled for a decade, solidifying his power while reversing the reforms of his predecessor, Nikita Khrushchev. Brezhnev's policies have helped to stabilize the Soviet Union, and have increased its productivity greatly; however, some within the Soviet Union and their sphere of influence seem to be moving away from communism and against Soviet control.
While the potential for internal unrest exists in both countries, tension is looming on their shared border. Some Chinese Communists have grown more bold, claiming that the Soviet land that was once Chinese should be returned, under threat of military action if necessary. The schism in the communist bloc will prove to have far-reaching consequences for the Cold War, and how the respective Chinese and Soviet Governments react to the unfolding crisis will shape the global political and economic landscape for years to come.
About the Chair: Chase Wagers is a proud member of the Georgetown University Class of 2020, majoring in Government and minoring in History. He is originally from West Liberty, Kentucky, and will adamantly defend his home turf if challenged on it. Chase first got interested in Model UN at Georgetown, and now brings his passion for MUN to Georgetown's travel team and to Georgetown's two conferences: NCSC and NAIMUN. This will be Chase's third NCSC, having staffed the Pakistani Intelligence Service as a crisis analyst at NCSC XLIV, and Romanian Crown Council as a director at NCSC XLV. Chase also served as an Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOCs) at NAIMUN LV, and currently serves as the Secretary-General of NAIMUN LVI. Outside of MUN, Chase is involved with Georgetown's student government, is a permanent resident of the library's social floor, and constantly battles the urge to blow more money on takeout, good coffee, and roaming D.C. with friends. He cannot wait to serve as your Chair for the Soviet side of the JCC, and looks forward to meeting all of you in October!
About the Coordinated Crisis Manager: Meggie Underwood is a senior in the School of Foreign Service studying International Economics with a focus on theory and public policy. While she is originally from the great state of Illinois, she has lived in Scotland and Germany. This is her first time being a Crisis Manager for NCSC, but she has staffed the Ad Hoc committee for the last two NCSCs. She is really excited to be the coordinated crisis manager for the Sino-Soviet committee! She travels extensively with Georgetown’s Model United Nations team and is on the steering committee for Georgetown’s economics committee. When she’s not talking about MUN (which is almost never) then she is convincing people that the Midwest is great, trying to convince people that German is a beautiful language, or expressing her love for Angela Merkel. She cannot wait to see what type of chaos the crisis team will create during the conference!
About the Crisis Manager: Zachary Thompson is a member of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service class of 2020, majoring in Science, Technology and International affairs, and he is excited to be your Crisis manager for the Clash of the Titans committee. He began his Model UN career in high school and traveled with the Georgetown team throughout his freshman year. Outside of Model UN, he is the librarian for the Philodemic Society of Georgetown and is currently studying to be an EMT. With whatever spare time he has left outside of classes, you can typically find him talking about politics with friends or taking a nap. He wishes you good luck and looks forward to seeing all of you in October!