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Co-Directors: Andrew Mitchel & Nick Fadanelli
Assistant Directors: Brooke Bacigal, Nick Meier, Helen Sagges

Topic: Congo Crisis of 1960


Background Guide coming soon!

Welcoming Words from Director Mitchel:

Dear delegates, 

Hello! My name is Andrew Mitchel and I have the great honor and distinction of being one of the co-directors for this year’s JOINT Committee on the Congo Crisis. I will be running all committee proceedings alongside Nicholas Fadanelli and we will both be mainly in the command center but moving in and out of committee rooms as necessary. 

Just briefly about myself, I’m a senior in LSA majoring in Anthropology and Spanish and minoring in history. I’m from New York City and I have been involved in Model UN since my freshman year of high school. I was able to attend various conferences as a high school student, all of which took place in Manhattan, many of which included a trip  to the United Nations Headquarters. I served as the President of the Model UN club at my high school in my junior and senior years, and was tasked with teaching young delegates the techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed in Model UN. This experience, coupled with my time as a delegate, allows me great insight into both the trials and the joys which come with preparation and participation in Model UN, and I hope this will help me to guide you as delegates with grace. I have served as an Associate Director at MUNUM 30 on the topic of the Mexican Drug Cartels as head of the Sinaloa Room; an Associate Director at MUNUM XXIX on the topic of the British Civil War as head of the Irish Room; and I started a rapporteur as a freshman at MUNUM XXXVIII on the topic of the Boshin War and Meiji Restoration in Japan. Thus, I bring the experience of heading multiple JOINT committees back and am extremely excited to serve as director this coming conference with Nicholas. 

As a three year MUNUM staff veteran, I can vouch for the amazing time you are going to have  during the conference. If you come prepared with your research and with a deal of enthusiasm to represent your given character, you will be ready and able to participate in this conference. It should be extremely enjoyable with this preparation to simulate a most interesting topics that still impacts our modern world, current international affairs, especially in Africa, and is part of the legacies of both the Cold War and decolonization. As a delegate, you should come with a good idea of what occurred during this time period already, as though we are doing a simulation of events the real history will be important to know. Also, you should be wary of your character’s particular viewpoints, goals and desires and act according to how you feel they truly would in reality. 

If you are at any point in your research on the topics of the Congo Crisis or on your particular character, feel free to reach out to me via email at mitchand@umich.edu.
I hope you are as excited for MUNUM XXXI as I am! 


Go Blue,


Andrew Mitchel 


Co-Director, JOINT 


mitchand@umich.edu

Welcoming Words from Director Fadanelli:

Greetings delegates!

My name is Nicholas Fadanelli, and I would like to extend you a warm welcome to the Congo Crisis Joint Committee of MUNUM XXXI. This year I have the privilege to serve as one of the co-directors, along with Andrew Mitchel, of the Joint Committee – Congo Crisis. We plan on simulating as best as we can the events that took place between 1960 and 1965 that would impact the politics and future events of not just the Congo, but of the United Nations and to an extent the entire world.

Just a quick bit of background about myself – I am from Novi, Michigan, where in high school I was very involved in Model UN, attending MUNUM twice as a delegate during my junior and senior years, as well as the Boy Scouts – earning the rank of Eagle Scout. I am currently a Senior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology: Biomedical Engineering, but if you ask nearly any of my friends they’d swear I’m a Political Science major because I talk about politics and international affairs so much. This will be my fourth year serving as a staff member of MUNUM  – having served on the Meiji Restoration/Boshin War, British Civil War, and Spanish Civil War Joint Committees here at MUNUM. Outside of Model UN and classes I am the President of the LSA Student Government and a Residential Advisor in South Quad. 

If you are still reading (or just wisely skipped over that previous section), thank you. Beginning in 1960, following the intervention of United Nations peacekeeping troops shortly after the Force Publique mutiny, the Committee will be thrown into the chaos, power-brokering, and military confrontations that resulted from the two sides not just fighting each other, but also amongst themselves. Foreign nations, militaries, companies, and individuals may also enter the fray, and the ability to win the sympathies of various ethnic factions, foreign powers, and major corporations will be key to ensuring victory. This is not going to be your typical Model UN committee. It is going to be an incredibly fast paced, and potentially frustrating and stressful, weekend as we deal with not just the four years worth of politics and drama from the events unfolding, but the near century of politics, conflict, and tension built up since the Belgians colonized the region in the late nineteenth century. That being said, it will likely be one of the most fun weekends you will ever experience in Model UN. 

Doing strong, in-depth research into your character – their background, motivations, and political/ideological and religious beliefs – as well as the conflict, time period, and the broader political and military events occurring across Africa and the world at large, will not only be very valuable, but in many ways essential, to your success in this committee. If you need any help with your research feel free to email me. I can’t wait to meet you all in January, and I hope all of you are as excited as I am for what is going to be an incredibly fun and exciting committee. 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Fadanelli

Co-Director, Joint Committee – Congo Crisis

nfadanel@umich.edu