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Joint Crisis Committee: Congo Crisis


Directors: Andrew Mitchel, Nicholas Fadanelli

Assistant Directors: Brooke Bacigal, Nicholas Meier, Helen Sagges

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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 primarily be in the command center during committee, but also moving in and out of rooms as necessary. 

Just a brief bit about myself, I am a senior 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, 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, gives me great insight into both the trials and the joys which come with preparation and participation. I hope these experiences will help me to guide you as delegates with grace. 

I have previously served as an Associate Director at MUNUM 30 on the topic of the Mexican Drug Cartels, and as 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 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, you will be ready and able to participate in this conference. As a delegate, you should arrive with a strong idea of what occurred during this time period already. As we are doing a simulation of historical events, the real history will be important to know. Also, you should be aware of your character’s particular viewpoints, goals and desires and act according to how you feel they truly would in reality. 

As you research and prepare for this committee, please feel free to reach out to me via email. I hope you are as excited for MUNUM XXXI as I am! 

Go Blue,

Andrew Mitchel 

Co-Director, Joint Crisis Committee: Congo Crisis 

mitchand@umich.edu

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Greetings delegates!

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

I am from Novi, Michigan, where I was very involved in Model UN, attending MUNUM twice as a delegate during my junior and senior years of high school. I was also involved with 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 as a staff member — having served previously on the Meiji Restoration/Boshin War, British Civil War, and Spanish Civil War Joint Committees. Outside of Model UN and classes I am the President of the LSA Student Government and a Residential Advisor in South Quad. 

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 committee. It will be an incredibly fast-paced and potentially frustrating weekend as we deal with not just four years worth of political drama, 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, will be both valuable and 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 Crisis Committee: Congo Crisis 

nfadanel@umich.edu