Model United Nations at UCLA

Since 1950

Model United Nations at UCLA provides a forum for discussion of international relations and events through dynamic and academically stimulating simulation of the United Nations. We host two major Model UN conferences annually, and provide opportunities for members to travel nationally and internationally to compete in collegiate MUN conferences. MUN at UCLA holds weekly general meetings and frequent social events featuring guest speakers, conference and travel training, discussion of international events, and more.

Participation in Model UN activities promotes desirable and marketable traits such as public and impromptu speaking, networking, international engagement, and creative problem solving.

BruinMUN, our fall quarter high school conference, brings approximately 1000 high school students to UCLA for a weekend of debate, healthy competition, and fun. The conference, entering its 21st year, exposes high school students to UCLA and provides leadership experience for our staffers.

LAMUN, our spring quarter college conference, has an eight year history. Several hundred participants from dozens of domestic and international colleges and universities converge in Los Angeles annually to simulate UN style debate in a variety of unique, “crisis based” committees.

Our travel team is open to all and sends delegations to several conferences annually. Unlike many other MUN programs, members can try out for each conference.

Our primary goal is to continue growing and improving our conferences, travel team, and events. We strive to provide a consistently high quality experience at no cost to our members.

European Commission

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European Commission

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Chair: Dan Zhukov

 

USG: Aishwarya Natarajan

Email: usg.ga@bruinmun.org

 

Topic A: Preparations for a post-Brexit Europe

Topic B: Response to Russian encroachment on European politics

Committee Type: Single Delegation

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to BruinMUN 2017! My name is Dan Zhukov, and I am honored to serve as your chair for the European Commission at our conference this year. Within the span of the last year, the European Union came to face a number of existential questions, and I am excited to hear insightful debate and solutions proposed to some of these questions in your committee.

I was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States six years ago, now living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a sophomore at UCLA, currently studying History and planning to pursue a double major in Political Science. I have staffed both of UCLA’s MUN conferences last year and will join its intercollegiate travel team this year as well.

As a student of history, I am particularly fascinated to see it unfold during my college years. I have no doubt that future textbooks will brand our contemporary time period as turbulent, with important events happening in all corners of the world. Europe in particular is facing a wave of profound change, the primary cause of which is, of course, the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union in the summer of 2016. Additionally, numerous allegations of Russian interference in European elections pose a troubling concern for security and stability of the union and its neighbors. As commissioners for the EU’s most powerful body, delegates will be tasked with providing an optimal plan to deal with each of these pressing issues, while taking into account the concerns of all member-states.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me in case you have any questions related to this background guide, the committee, or UCLA life in general. I look forward to meeting you during our conference this November.

Best regards,
Dan Zhukov | Chair ec@bruinmun.org

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