This year’s Historical US Cabinet Crisis Committee takes us back 55 years and revolves around a heartstopping event that could only be described as a ‘near death experience’ of the world as we know it. The year is 1962. The potential catastrophe is a full blown nuclear war. The situation, as widely known, is the Cuban Missile Crisis. The committee will serve as the US Cabinet of 1962. Delegates will be put in the same precarious situation as the Cabinet members of 1962 had been in and will be asked to navigate the same strained dynamic between the US and the USSR in this epic historical tug-of-war.
HUC will follow the standard procedure for PacificMUN’s crisis committees, meaning that the flow and outcome of the committee will be determined by either private or public directives. Given that HUC is an advanced committee, it will be characterized by fast-paced development and quality debate. Since the topic implies a highly challenging situation, delegates are expected to be well educated on the committee’s historical background and make well deliberated decisions. Thus, a position paper is mandatory.
For thirteen days, the entire world sits and watches in tense silence from the spectator stand as the two political powerhouses of the planet engages in intense standoff in the international arena. On one side is the Soviet Union, the communist state with an enormous presence on the global political agenda and an intent to expand that presence further. On the opposition is the United States, the giant of world politics that emerged from the aftermath of World War II who has been long wary of USSR’s postwar expansionism behaviour. Taking place on a fragile international platform that is still recovering from the destructive ripples of World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis marks the most perilous confrontation of the Cold War.