Joint Cabinet Crisis

It is three minutes to midnight


USA v. USSR: Cooperation through technology sharing?

Enjoy a different type of MUN experience by joining our Joint Cabinet Crisis (JCC)! You will be assigned to a character entangled in the complex web of history, and with your powers and capacities attempt to solve the problems surrounding you, even if that means that those problems are other people. Discover your inner Machiavelli in an experience that will definitely be the most memorable feature of your conference time in St. Gallen.

Applications for Crisis Chairs and Crisis Backroom Staff open on 15th of July!

A Summary of what awaits you…

International cooperation in the last 50 years of the 20th century proved to be a paradox in itself. New technologies have allowed greater levels of communication and diplomacy than ever before, making the world a much smaller place to live and work in.

Despite this, in 1984, the Cold War brought about an unprecedented breakdown of diplomatic communication. The very technology that had given us the opportunity to cooperate has driven rivalries in the seas, on land, in the skies and even in space.

The Atomic Era perfectly symbolizes the technological advances made in the latter 20th century. Bright and promising but all too often dangerous and inescapable. 

This crisis takes place after the Cuban Missile crisis, after the Space race and after the golden age of the USA and USSR. The USA now faces an angry public following the botched Vietnam invasion and the USSR continues to fight for every inch of Afghanistan.

Both these superpowers rely on a perception of power to remain a credible threat to the other. This Crisis will take place at this date to see at what costs these superpowers will avoid communication and what actions may arise as a result of this diplomatic breakdown that may yet be full of surprises…

We have moved the Bulletin’s “doomsday clock” forward by one minute - to three minutes before midnight.
— Chicago Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1984

The Cabinets and Committees

There will be three cabinets or committees involved in this crisis, making it an even more intricate web of human relations to navigate… There will of course be a Soviet and an American cabinet, each headed by their Secretary or President respectively, but both these cabinets will be assisted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) where they will have their delegates representing them. The IAEA cabinet will also include delegates of various other nations, and will function according to slightly adapted MUN rules of procedure. There will be two chairs in this committee, and their role will be much more similar to classic MUN-style chairing than in the other two cabinets.