THE REGIONAL INTERCONNECTED CRISIS SIMULATION
In real life, the Security Council is not a stand alone body. Ambassadors in the Security Council are representative of their national governments. Foreign policy decisions made domestically influence policies and negotiations at the international level and vice versa. It’s a complicated process. This simulation is designed for delegates to understand how international cooperation works and the multifacetedness of the foreign policy decision making process.
In practice, this means AmeriMUNC’s 31 committees exist in one simulated universe. Whether it’s a crisis note from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un's Cabinet or a working paper in DISEC, any action— big or small — has the ability to affect every committee. It’s our take on a more realistic Model UN simulation.
At the center of the simulation is the Security Council itself. As in real life, this committee will be comprised of the 15 national ambassadors to the UN. The other committees in this simulation will include the national cabinets, regional bodies, NGOs, and specialized General Assemblies. The national cabinets will have 20 delegates and will represent positions such as the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Treasury, etc. The delegates in the Security Council will provide the link between the national cabinets, the General Assemblies, and the Security Council. They will be expected to work with their national governments to formulate policy and then represent that policy on the international stage.
The simulation will be divided into thematic conflicts that will need to be addressed by each of the national governments involved and the Security Council. The goal of the Security Council delegates is to agree upon an international policy for the issue at hand. Simultaneously, the national cabinets will be tasked with formulating their country’s policies towards that issue as well as addressing related domestic concerns. Meanwhile, the General Assembly will be tasked with resolving a subset of the topic based on their purview of their committee
WHY OUR SIMULATION?
Most Model UN Conferences make diplomacy and leadership out to be this perfect type of decision-making. In reality though, diplomacy is never perfect. In real life, different cabinet and boards have different information. What might be a training exercise for one nation, may look like an invasion to another. That’s why we created the Regional Interconnected Crisis Simulation; we wanted our Model UN conference to mirror the real world problem of asymmetric information. Because every committee at AmeriMUNC is interconnected, each committee will get its own interpretation of a crisis. Not every update is the same generic format but based on the information that would actually be available to them, and interpreted through a lens that would fit the presumptions of that real-world country.
It’s not only misinterpretation or lack of information, but sometimes the rest of the world won’t even know a crisis is occurring until after important decisions have been made. Even in a globalized world, news can only travel so fast. Real leaders may not have time to contact their allies before making a decision. And sometimes events will occur that come as a surprise because of the results of those Actions.
At AmeriMUNC, delegates will not only have to grapple with debate topics, but with the actual problems faced by diplomats and their governments. When making decisions, delegates won’t always have all the information, and as a result, will only make the best decision based on the knowledge they have. We want to prepare delegates with challenges beyond public speaking, writing, and networking. We want to prepare them with problems faced by real-life diplomats and leaders and give them the experience to conquer those challenges.
Inter-committee Delegate-to-Delegate Notes
Delegates in every crisis committee will be given the opportunity to contact any other delegate in any other crisis committee. Three by four inch custom cardstock notecards will be distributed to each crisis committee.
Delegates will be allowed to initiate three meetings with other delegates during the course of the simulation. Of the three meetings, 2 meetings have been pre-restricted by the crisis staff. Delegates will notice that 2 of the 3 meeting request cards can only be sent to delegates in certain committees during certain sessions. The third meeting is completely up to the delegate’s choice.
To facilitate a meeting, a delegate would submit a meeting request card to the dais. The dais would give the meeting request card to the simulation coordinator, who would bring the request card directly to the committee room and to the requested delegate. The requested delegate would then either accept or deny the meeting, and if the delegate accepts, the simulation coordinator would immediately bring the delegate back to the committee room of the delegate who originally requested the meeting.
Meeting request cards have been made personally for each delegate and inserted into each delegate’s name badge prior to the conference. Please note that initiating meetings is not required, and delegates will not be penalized for not wishing to initiate any meeting with delegates in other committees.
CRISIS DISPATCHES (CRISIS UPDATES)
At AmeriMUNC, all crisis dispatches (crisis updates) are printed and given to committees. Delegates will notice that there are three sections on every crisis dispatch:
1. Global Crisis Updates are major crisis updates from other committees. Global updates do not need to be addressed in directives, but rather global updates act as the defacto conference newspaper, giving every committee insight into what’s happening in other parts of the simulation.
2. Major Crisis Updates are the most important crisis updates for each specific committee. Major crisis updates are expected to be addressed in both crisis notes and directives.
3. Minor Crisis Updates are bits and peices of information regarding what other delegates are doing in committee. Minor crisis updates can be addressed in directives and crisis notes, but not before the major crisis update has been addressed.
Crisis Notes/Personal Directives
At AmeriMUNC, delegates in crisis committees will be allowed to send crisis notes to the crisis backroom. Crisis notes are a form of committee notes in which delegates write to personal connections to order actions or make decisions that will impact the scope and narrative of the committee. AmeriMUNC will be utilizing a two notepad system for crisis notes. At the beginning of the conference, each delegate will be given two legal pads. During the conference, delegates are expected to write their crisis notes on their allocated notepads. Once a delegate writes a crisis note on a page in one of their legal pads, the delegate will then turn in their legal pad to the dais who will send the legal pad to the crisis backroom. Subsequently, the crisis team will respond to the crisis note in the legal pad, and then will return the original note, response, and legal pad back to the delegate.
The goal of this system is to streamline the crisis response system. With the notepad system, both staff and delegates can reference previous actions and keep track of all of note responses and plans. The notepad system also allows delegates more freedom to write longer, more substantive notes that are connected. Please also note that the AmeriMUNC crisis staff highly encourages delegates to develop meaningful crisis plans and crisis notes instead of constantly submitting one line notes that are not specific.