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After the establishment of the United Nations and the summation of World War II in the mid-1900s, the United Nations had had their share of conflicts and war to last a lifetime. This all changed with the Cuban Missile Crisis, a critical situation that brought two superpowers together in an intense campaign for power. Indeed, the world had never been closer to ending than with this threat of a nuclear war.

The year is 1962 and the Soviet Union has allied with Cuba after a failed attempt by the United Nations to overthrow the Cuban communist government. Through a secret shipment, the Soviet Union deployed nuclear missiles to the island nation for the purpose of providing protection as well as counteracting the US missiles located in Italy and Turkey. With the United Nations Security Council currently under immense pressure to resolve the crisis, it is important to remember that the leaders of each nation also have their own concerns individual security.

In this historical committee, delegates will relive the thirteen strenuous and intense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and attempt to solve a conflict between the two superpowers of that turbulent time period.

Backgrounder

Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis is an intense stand-off between two superpowers: the United States and the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Beginning with Cuban President Fidel Castro’s rise to power, the situation quickly escalated when the US attempted to interfere by initiating an operation to overthrow Castro. After the failure of the operation, Cuba turned to the USSR for help, who in turn secretly transported nuclear missiles to the island. Upon the discovery of these weapons of mass destruction, the Americans’ first priority now is to ensure the security of the country. With both sides waiting for the other to make the first move, the stakes are high and mutual destruction appears to be inevitable.