European Council (Novice)
European Council (Novice)
Chair: Soumyadeep Chatterjee
Crisis Director: Rishi Bhargava
Letter from the Chair
My name is Soumyadeep Chatterjee and I will be your Chair for the European Council at BruinMUN 2016. I was born in India, but spent the vast majority of my childhood in Oman in the Middle East. During my time there, I had the opportunity to travel all over the world, and was exposed to a plethora of peoples and cultures, which have greatly influenced my worldview. At UCLA, I’m a third-year Electrical Engineering major with a minor in Accounting. Even though I have been involved in Model UN for the past six years, my enthusiasm towards it has only increased with time. My passion for MUN also stems from the fact that I consider it to be a crash-course on life. I have continued to learn various life skills from MUN such as diplomacy, socializing, public speaking, maintaining relations, leadership and teamwork.
Policy making is a very important part of the political process. Understanding what goes into that decision making process, such as the allocation of scarce resources, is a skill that will serve you regardless of what field of study you choose to pursue. The European Council has this responsibility a vast, diverse, economically and socially significant area. The issues we will discuss here are dynamic, with immediate real world ramifications. With that in mind, I have a few pointers for you - first, be prepared - don’t let this background guide limit your research and allow yourself to delve deep into the issue, and uncover facts and ideas that will give you a comparative advantage. Second, envision your speech - ensure that it adds something to the debate and helps you connect with your co-delegates. Third, know your position, and make it clear. Your country has a unique stance on every issue, it is up to you to do justice to that and protect it’s interests. And lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I urge you to enjoy yourself. MUN isn’t mindless debate - it’s an opportunity for you to network and grow as a public speaker, so make full use of it.
This year’s Novice Crisis Committee, for the first time ever, is the European Council, and you will be in the shoes of the heads of states of your respective countries, debating and deliberating as they do to ensure a stable, prosperous future. Your actions will work to mitigate some large issues plaguing Europe, such as the rampant migrant crisis, and you will deal with the results of your actions as they unfold - so buckle up and get ready for a fantastic, unique experience! Feel free to reach out to me (at with any questions that you may have with regards to this committee, BruinMUN or UCLA. I eagerly wait to welcome you in person at BruinMUN and wish you all the very best.
Chair | Novice European Council | BruinMUN 201
Letter from the Crisis Director
My name is Rishi Bhargava, and it is my privilege to welcome you to BruinMUN 2016! This year I decided I wanted to do something very different; something seen only at select conferences. So welcome to the Novice European Council! A committee that controls the decisions of the most important geopolitical and economic body on Earth.
Before we go into the details, a little about what you’re most interested in – me. I am a second year Computer Science major with a Statistics minor. I am a member of UCLA’s squash team, a massive fan of the Miami Heat and a freestyle drummer for hire. I have been MUN-ing for 6 years now and this is my first time as Crisis Director at BruinMUN. Last yearI served as the Under Secretary General of the General Assemblies so I can assure you that you’re in good hands. I have travelled around the West Coast circuit with MUN at UCLA and have made some of my closest friends thanks to MUN. I am excited to share this experience with all of you!
The whole idea of this committee comes from months of cross referencing committees, topics and world affairs. Putting seasoned delegates through something they’re not entirely comfortable in was my end game. Having such a scenario with formal Crisis MUN procedure seemed to be an opportunity we could not have missed. The European Council itself is an extremely powerful organ. It is one of the largest summits that are attended by only Heads of States. The very fact that this is a highest level of meeting should bring in the gravity of the situation. Europe is in crisis like never before with Brexit, immigration issues, ISIL and a growing right-wing leadership. European leaders really need to start taking real action.
I will be moderating the flow of crisis and events of the outside world all while ensuring you delegates stay on track as well as keep your solutions plausible in today’s world. These nations are among the most politically and economically influential and there is almost no limit to the possibilities.
Alright delegates, get ready for a MUN experience like no other! I expect terrorists to tremble at your power, the world economy to be set straight by your influence and true world peace be one step closer thanks to your decisions! Do what’s right by your nations and the greater good delegates and see you all soon.
Crisis Director | Novice European Council | BruinMUN 2016