Directors: Vineet Chandra, Arundhati Paul
Assistant Director: Sarah Avery
On behalf of the staff of the Global Intelligence Council, it is my privilege to welcome you to MUNUM XXXI. My name is Vineet Chandra, and I am a senior in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. I am also pursuing a minor in Business Administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Outside of school and MUNUM, I am also the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. My Co-Director and I also founded Blue Model United Nations, Michigan’s competitive Model United Nations team. My staff and I are incredibly excited to welcome you to campus in January, and are hard at work preparing for your arrival.
The Global Intelligence Council attempts to bring crisis elements to a wider audience than ever before. Delegates will represent analysts with specific specialties at a meeting of several major intelligence agencies. On this occasion, these agencies will work together on human trafficking and whatever else they may happen to stumble upon. By assigning delegates individual characters in a world defined by inter-agency politics, we hope to balance the collaboration of a General Assembly type committee with the intensity of a pure Crisis one. Participants should expect a healthy mix of detailed policy discussions in addition to thrilling twists at every turn. Delegates who are interested in the challenge of piecing together a broader puzzle are well-suited for this committee.
If you have any questions at all before January, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on our staff. We would be more than happy to assist you in any way we can. I look forward to meeting you all soon!
Director, Global Intelligence Council
Welcoming Words from Director Paul:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to MUNUM XXXI – Global Intelligence Council! My name is Arundhati Paul and I will be your Co-Director this year. My staff and I are excited to meet all of you, and look forward to seeing an immersive and thought provoking committee. Here, you will be challenged with top secret information and will learn the true meaning of collaboration and emerge a stronger delegate.
To introduce myself, I am a senior studying Economics and Spanish, and more importantly, I am from New York. I am the Co-founder of Blue Model United Nations, Michigan’s competitive MUN team with Vineet Chandra (yes, we do many things together!) and I am also a Spanish Tutor through the Spanish Club at the University’s Language Resource Center. Additionally, I have served as the Research Director of MEconomics for two years. This will be my second year Co-directing a committee (yes, last year my Co-Director was Vineet).
We have carefully planned topics for the Global Intelligence Council that we believe are relevant, interesting, and thought-provoking. Our Council is unique in that it combines a crisis committee with a somewhat larger committee, making it accessible to a much wider audience than would be typical. You, as delegates and representatives of the world’s top secret intelligence agencies, will use your role-specific skills and work together as various analysts to find solutions to human trafficking and to other obstacles we have designed for you. For this Council, we strongly recommend cooperating and working together, and most importantly, having an open mind and focusing on the bigger picture, because it will be crucial to your agency’s success.
We expect you to use the Background Guide as a starting point, but it will be necessary to do your own research and prepare further. Your main focus in preparing for the Council should be on your analyst-specific skill set and how you can use it to your agency’s advantage, as well as how your agency typically operates.
I look forward to meeting you all and if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or would like to introduce yourself, feel free to contact me!
Go Blue, and Good Luck!
Director, Global Intelligence Council