JCC Clash of the Titans: Sino-Soviet Split – China, 1967
Chair: Christopher Stein
Coordinated CM: Meggie Underwood
CM: Cooper Vardy
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: Christopher Stein is a member of the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2020, majoring in global business and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. Christopher is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He edits the e-newsletter for The Caravel, Georgetown’s student-run international affairs newspaper, and serves on the board of the Creative Writing Club and The Anthem, a literary and arts magazine. Christopher has previously staffed NCSC and NAIMUN, and is excited serve as chair for China in the Clash of the Titans JCC.
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: Cooper Vardy is ecstatic to serve as the Crisis Manager for a weekend of tense, Cold War excitement. Originally hailing from coastal Connecticut, Cooper is a member of the Class of 2021 studying in the School of Foreign Service studying International Politics with a minor in Portuguese and certificate in Jewish Civilization. When not involved with Georgetown’s Model United Nations team, staffing conferences or working behind the scenes, he is heavily involved with Georgetown’s The Caravel international affairs newspaper and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Outside of club-related and academic activities, Cooper is a passionate cinephile and mediocre bassist. Please feel free to contact him with any questions or concerns you may have; otherwise, Cooper looks forward to meeting you all this fall!