Historical United Nations Security Council: 1992 (UNSC)
Historical United Nations Security Council: 1992 (UNSC)
Chair: Jonathan Dalsey
Crisis Director: Joel Szakmeister
Topic A: Crisis in Somalia
Topic B: Unrest in Eastern Europe
Committee Type: Dual Delegate
Letter from your Chair
Welcome to BruinMUN 2019! My name is Jonny Dalsey, and I am thrilled to serve as your chair for Historical UNSC 1992! I know our committee room will soon be filled with rousing, intellectual debate as you confront the many and varied crises faced by the United Nations in 1992, and I am so excited to personally witness all of your ideas and solutions.
Here’s a little about me: I was born in Alabama, raised in Alaska, attended high school in NorCal, and now am at college in SoCal. I am a second year Political Science and Economics double major who plans on applying to law school and pursuing a career in business-related law. This is also my second year participating in MUN at the collegiate level. My MUN career began during my junior year of high school, when I helped one of my close friends found a Model United Nations club. I quickly fell in love with this extracurricular, and it has been a massive part of my life ever since. The first MUN conference I ever attended was BruinMUN 2016, and it fills me with joy that my first ever experience as the chair of a committee will be at BruinMUN 2019. I am so excited to share this very special experience with all of you. MUN at UCLA is a massive part of my life and I found some of my closest friends through staffing our conferences BruinMUN and LAMUN. I am also so proud to be a member of our outstanding travel team, currently ranked number six in the nation! MUN has not only taught me about international politics, but also valuable lessons in cooperation, problem-solving, and negotiation. When I’m not with MUN at UCLA (which is rare), you can find me working as a Resident Assistant at Hedrick Summit. I also play on UCLA’s Bruin Club Tennis team. My hobbies include playing Dungeons and Dragons, watching hockey (#GoKnightsGo), and getting into philosophical arguments about completely nonsensical issues.
One of our goals in developing this committee was to give delegates a fresh, exciting, and challenging topic to debate. We know as well as anyone that debate can become boring when the same few topics are recycled over and over, which is why we made an effort to select a year and set of issues which we felt were often overlooked during the committee selection process. 1992 was a crucial year in the Somali Civil War, a conflict which disrupted millions of lives and divided a nation for over a decade. You, as delegates, now have the power to quell the violence and assist in bringing about peace. At the same time, you must also deal with the tumultuous situation in Eastern Europe following the fall of the Soviet Union and the power vacuum, social and economic inequality, and cultural shifts left in the wake of its collapse. The end of the twentieth century was a period of great political unrest, and the choices you make over the course of the committee will shape not only 1992, but the future of the world.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
Jonathan Dalsey | Chair
Letter from your Crisis Director
Welcome to BruinMUN 2019! I’m Joel Szakmeister and I am honored to be your crisis director for the Historical UNSC 1992. I’m extremely excited to see where debate takes this committee and how delegates delve into each topic and respond to each crisis, especially since the decisions made by this body throughout this important year changed the world forever.
A little bit about myself, I’m a College of the Canyons graduate and current fourth year Political Science student at UCLA with a concentration in American Politics. This is my third year participating in Model United Nations and my fourth time working as senior staff for a Model United Nations conference. My MUN experience started in August of 2017 at College of the Canyons, where I needed 4 more units to maintain status as a full time student, so I signed up for the Model United Nations class. I was at the time completely unaware that the Model United Nations “class” was actually a nationally ranked team that travelled and competed, and I only took the class because I thought it looked fun in that one episode of Parks and Rec. It actually was fun, so I stuck with it for my last year there and chaired for my first time at COCMUN 2018. After transferring to UCLA I was extremely happy to be able to continue competing here and get to meet a whole new group of amazing people through MUN and continue learning and growing through the program. Over the past two years, Model UN has taught an immeasurable amount about the world, it’s issues, and possible solutions to them. It has also taught me important lessons about leadership and problem solving. When I’m not busy with school and MUN, my hobbies include leading my fantasy sports teams to glory and creating March Madness-style brackets for crowded presidential primaries.
When deciding the topics for this committee, we had several criteria in mind. First and foremost, we wanted to select an interesting topic that would be both challenging and engaging for the delegates. Second, we wanted a topic that was unique or at the very least uncommon to give delegates a refreshing change of pace from typical UNSC committees. With these goals in mind we settled on a historical UNSC set in 1992. The world in 1992 was one experiencing great change. With the Soviet Union now merely a memory, Eastern Europe now looks to move forward dealing with the freedom to choose its own path, as well as an extreme power vacuum in the region. Meanwhile, conflict has broken out in Somalia, throwing the country into disarray. These topics capture the purpose of the UNSC and give delegates the opportunity to act out some of the most important decisions made by the body in recent memory. Words cannot describe how excited I am to watch the delegates face these challenges head on and craft elegant solutions.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Joel Szakmeister | Crisis Director