Chair: Dan Zhukov
USG: Aishwarya Natarajan
Topic A: Preparations for a post-Brexit Europe
Topic B: Response to Russian encroachment on European politics
Committee Type: Single Delegation
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.
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