By Michael Keith
Crisis. Sounds exciting. And that’s because it is. At every MUN, there is a Crisis committee. And in this committee, just about anything may or may not happen. What sets it apart from other committees is its content; it is a simulation of the real world, with a focus on a specific issue or area of the world. This year at EuroMUN 2018, our crisis is the Mexican-American War of 1846, quite fittingly given the current political climate in the US.
American expansion in the 19th century was ruthless and rapid, a relentless pursuit of the “Manifest Destiny”. Territory was in constant dispute and the case of the independent Republic of Texas was no different. What the Mexican government considered theirs, the American government did too. Awkward. And so war broke out.
As well should know by now, America came out of the conflict as the victor, with the newly named State of Texas now territory of the United States of America. The ramifications of this war have left long scars on national psyche in both countries, leading to a surge in American pride and belief in the United States as a nation and a resoundingly painful and humiliating defeat of the recently independent state of Mexico.
In EuroMUN Crisis, we will be re-enacting this war. With two cabinets, one for each nation, and a backroom where maneuvers are either approved or rejected, the conflict will be played out over the next four days. As this is not only about a war between states, but also a game between committee members themselves, delegates will have to be well informed and on their toes, as unthinkable twists and turns are undoubtedly just around the corner. With real-time coverage of the play of events on tap, keep an eye out for the coverage of the Crisis room.