TAUMUN Joint Cabinet Crisis
by Max Wosnitza
Seven different Crisis Cabinets interacting in one big crisis scenario, affecting the region in Northern Africa; even for experienced MUNler this is a completely new experience and being the first associate chair of our society I am proud to have chosen this years edition of the TAUMUN JCC for my 11th Conference:
Everything began with a four hour flight from Dusseldorf Airport to Tel Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport at the first of august and a first bath in the Mediterranean Sea at the city beach of Tel Aviv on the same evening. The conference itself started one day later in the main lecture hall of the Tel Aviv University with a short introduction on the format of the Crisis and how we as delegates were able to send in directives and lead the events to an outcome we as a cabinet would prefer. (Directives are short notes or bigger action plans delegates have to send to the 'so called' Backroom staff which decides about the events that are going to happen according to the decisions os the delegates.
The Backroom at this Crisis Conference included around 40 people and was supported by experts in their field of Crisis research.) Afterwards the official opening ceremony started directly with a very impressive moment; the fon Peres spoke to us in a video message recorded for this Conference, followed by the welcoming words of the deacon of the Tel Aviv University and later on an interesting guest panel discussion with five different experts discussing the current issues Israel is dealing with at the moment. The day was then concluded by a nice chill out party at a students bar near the University.ormer Israeli president and Noble Peace Prize winner Shim
The next day took us directly into the crisis scenario which started with a horrible terroristic attack in the city centre of Mombassa and Nairobi, Kenya. My job within the scenario was to gain information about the background of the terrorists since I have been representing the Director of the CIA in the U.S. National Security Council (USNSC). To get such information I had to arrange meetings with other intelligence representatives of the other cabinets or ask our backroom to give me information through action plans I wrote. Through these actions I gained information about a cooperation of the two terroristic groups and Boko Haram who occupied the UN Headquarter in Nairobi immediately afterwards. Since the events happened in real time it took most of the time to rescue the hostages. We had to figure out which troops where stationed near Kenya and how we could cooperate with the french and Kenyan government to get into the building. My job was to try to get as much intelligence about the occupation as possible and to make sure that nothing else happened in the U.S. or other Western countries during the operation. These are the things which mainly happened during the committee sessions between the 2nd and 6th of august supplemented by some subplots like riots in China and a private security firm who tried to gain power through signing contracts with some cabinets in the african region while cooperating with the terroristic groups mentioned above.
As in any other MUN conference the different evening events such as a mask ball, a pub crawl and for sure an awesome pool party offered some variety as well as the city of Tel Aviv itself. That's why I spent most of my free time on the beach and exploring the city. The conference itself was concluded with the classic MUN closing ceremony where I took the chance to promote the upcoming MaMUN next April and gained an honorable mention for my work during the conference. Finally, after the official ending I joined an amazing post program organized by the host society which took me from the Lebanese border up to the north of Israel and a meeting with a few UN officials right at the border, down to the southern part of Israel into the heart of Jerusalem and to the Dead Sea next to the Jordan border. Particularly I would like to outline our visit of the UNTSO headquarter which was an unique and interesting possibility to get insights about the Israel/Palestine conflict. In the end I would like to thank everyone I had the honor to meet at this trip and who let this trip become so special.