Central Asia has historically been a land of contention, with the likes of Iran and Kazakhstan constantly caught between the struggles of global powers. Protected by the Hindu Kush mountain range, however, Afghanistan remained fairly isolated from the conflicts around it. That is until 1979...

This year in many ways revived the thawing rivalry between the United States and the USSR, starting off with the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. In the Cold War 1979 Historical Crisis Committee (HCC), delegates act as historical diplomats, policy makers, and tacticians in order to accomplish one goal: to maximize your country’s profit from this conflict. Nuclear doomsday becomes ever more imminent as wealth and strength of the two superpowers of the world are pitted against one another. Regulations are disregarded, and covert deals are struck and broken with the flick of a pen. Deception, greed, wrath, and betrayal, the Cold War is not a forgiving time, and only those who dare tread beyond their morals should venture into this ominous era.

This committee, however, will not necessarily follow the real life events of that conflict. Although HCC relies heavily on historical background information, any real-life events that occurred after the committee’s official start date (December 1st, 1979) are subject to change depending on actions taken by both cabinets. Because of this, delegates are encouraged to research the history and current situation of both blocs.

HCC will follow CAHSMUN’s official Rules of Procedure for crisis committees, meaning actions will be taken via either private or public directives. 

Cold War 1979 (HCC) is an advanced committee, featuring fast-paced developments and a high level of debate. Thus, this committee is only open to the most experienced and competitive of delegates. Position papers are mandatory for this committee. Please read about CAHSMUN’s Position Paper policy, which can be found under the list of committees on the “Committees” page.

Questions, inquiries and position papers for this committee can be emailed to hcc@cahsmun.org.

BACKGROUNDER is now available!

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Callum Shepard | Crisis Director
Callum Shepard is a Grade 12 Student at St. George’s School in Vancouver. He has been involved in MUN since 2013, and this will be his 4th CAHSMUN. He has long been fascinated by the less discussed aspects of the Cold War and hopes that the delegates can both learn about this multifaceted and oft-overlooked topic, whilst still having an enjoyable and memorable experience. When not engaging in MUN, Callum can be found running, hiking, competing in Reach For The Top, arguing about Marxist V. Whig Historiography, and enjoying a good book over a cup of coffee. Callum is excited to direct the HCC for CAHSMUN and hopes to create a once in a lifetime experience for the delegates in a fast-paced and multifaceted crisis.

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Alan Chen | Bloc Director
Alan attended his first MUN conference in 2015 because of a friend’s invitation, not knowing that MUN would soon become a big part of his high school life. Currently in Grade 12, Alan is interested in global politics, international economics, and social issues. He extends his passions not only to MUN but also to various local and international debate tournaments. When not busy with school, Alan can be found reading the Economist, exploring different cafes downtown, catching up on airing TV series, and walking his Shiba-Inu on the UBC campus. Alan is very excited for what CAHSMUN 2018 encompasses and looks forward to meeting all the delegates in April.

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Woojin Lim | Bloc Director
A senior social studies student at Fraser Heights Secondary, Woojin is an avid public speaking enthusiast. Since joining Model United Nations two years ago, Woojin has delegated and staffed in various MUN conferences, developing a particular interest for crisis committees. In his inimitable style, Woojin spends his days extolling the virtues of hiking, listening to music, reading books, relishing the taste of fresh tangerines, and ordering chocolate-milk-added Iced Capps at Tims. Woojin cannot wait for a lot of fruitful debate at CAHSMUN!

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Louie Lu | Chair
Louie Lu is a Grade 11 student enrolled in St. George’s School and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair of HCC at CAHSMUN 2018. He fell in love with the world of politics, global affairs, and debate ever since he attended his first Model United Nations conference in Grade 8. Louie is very passionate about specialized agencies, having participated in four of them in a row! Off the podium, one can find Louie watching documentaries about ancient civilizations, trying to learn the news, playing trivia games, watching anime, or sipping bubble tea. Louie eagerly anticipates HCC’s intense, swift, and unpredictable debates! 

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Nadia Chigmaroff | Chair
Nadia Chigmaroff is a Grade 12 student currently attending Sentinel Secondary School. She has a passion for Model UN and has been participating in conferences since Grade 8, where she was first captivated by the way MUN brings delegates with a variety of interests and personalities together to solve complex issues. When Nadia isn’t studying, she likes hiking and cooking, and she spends a lot of time learning random science stuff. She also enjoys programming (Python3 speakers, unite!) and plans to go into theoretical physics. Nadia hopes you enjoy CAHSMUN 2018 as much as she will!