JCC The First Balkan War: The Ottoman Empire, 1912

Chair: Claudia Leonor

Coordinated CM: Saad Bashir

CM: Alejandro Escobar

Shortly after the dawn of the 20th century, the struggling Ottoman Empire finds itself embroiled in conflict with the burgeoning Balkan League. Rising nationalistic sentiment, harsh centralization measures, and geopolitical meddling by the greater powers of World War I have concentrated in this powder keg of a region to produce conditions ripe for explosion. Months of battle, internal conflict, and rebellion, both within and between the Ottoman Empire and Balkan League, would soon ensue. In this dynamic committee, generals, representatives, and political leaders on both the sides of the conflict will fight to shape the uncertain future of the Balkan region, all while navigating the different crises caused by this complex war. Who will triumph in this struggle for power and control?

About the Chair: Claudia Leonor is a member of the Class of 2020 in Georgetown’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Government with a concentration in International Relations, with a minor in Arabic. Claudia hails from the distant and enticing land of Virginia Beach, Virginia, but is proud to call Washington, D.C. her new home. As a sophomore in high school, she was pressured by her upperclassmen friends to join Model United Nations and has since grown a deep passion for the activity. Claudia has been involved with Georgetown’s MUN community, having served on the Secretariat of NAIMUN LV. Outside of MUN, Claudia is a sister of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, and she mentors and teaches ESL to elementary school students through the D.C. Schools Project. When not doing (or while doing) the aforementioned things, Claudia can be found posting on social media, tagging people in memes, and making fun of Arisa for her obsession over international law.

About the Coordinated Crisis Manager: Saad Bashir is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2019, currently as a major in Political Economy and minor in Linguistics. Originally born in Panama City, Florida, Saad has lived out most of his life in Athens, Georgia and now evolved to living the coffee shop lifestyle in Washington DC. Nowadays, you probably won't find him around campus since he might disappear for a week or so every now and then only to see on Facebook he's in a random country you've never heard of (either hitchhiking with a random local or chatting with a government official - there's no in between). If you are able to find this elusive creature, don't believe you have any chance of escaping from his detailed tirade into energy economics/politics or Belt Road Initiative projects. Well, since he will be your committee's coordinated crisis manager, you'll probably get to see him, but that means only one thing: expect the unexpected...

About the Crisis Manager: Alejandro Escobar is in the Class of 2021 in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. Currently, he is unsure about his future studies or life plans in general, but he is seriously considering majoring in either International Politics or Culture and Politics with a minor in German. He has been heavily involved with Model United Nations since his freshman year in high school, particularly enjoying competing in historical crisis committees, and has staffed both NAIMUN and NCSC before; he cannot wait to make interact with all the delegates through crisis, and hopes this is an engaging and formative experience for everyone. He looks forward to seeing you all in October!