JOINT CRISIS COMMITTEE: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917: RUSSIAN EMPIRE

BACKGROUND GUIDE

Topic Summary

The Empire as it exists is in grave danger. The peasantry have begun to organize in their efforts against our government. Rioting, workers strikes and peasantry unrest are unraveling throughout the country side, leaving the all-powerful Imperial government vulnerable. It is our job to respond to the rising dissent, reinstate Russian loyalty in our civilians and our military, and establish ourselves as the reigning victor. 

Jed Dale

Dear Delegates,

My name is Jed Dale and I will be one of your Coordinating Crisis Directors for your time navigating the Russian Revolution. This is my third and final year as a Crisis Director and I'm excited to bring you a weekend full of intrigue and excitement.

Now for a little of personal background. I'm from the small community of West Gilgo Beach, NY (if you've ever flown into JFK its on one of those narrow spits of land you see out the window). I am currently a Senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Geology and I can assure you I've heard any bad rock puns you know at least a dozen times. I started up with IAA this past year and was introduced to the labyrinthine world of model UN through my staffing of both UPMUNC and ILMUNC my freshman year.

Outside of the IAA you can find me checking out rock outcrops on the side of the interstate or playing pickup basketball. I'm excited to get to meet you all at committee and if you have any questions or concerns fell free to get in touch with me our USG Grace. Now get excited for whats sure to be an amazing committee!

All the best,

Jed Dale

Coordinating Crisis Director, Joint Crisis Committee: Russian Revolution
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

David Wang

Dear Delegates,

My name is David Wang, and I’ll be your Crisis Director for the Russian Empire! I’m looking forward to a great weekend of action and intrigue with our chair, Arnav, alongside our rebellious counterparts on the other side of the JCC.

To introduce myself, I am a junior in the School of Engineering at Penn pursuing a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Though I was originally born in Canada, I have lived in New England for the past 18 years of my life. My Model UN career began in high school, and has continued well into my time at Penn; I now serve as the Chief of Development for Penn’s competitive MUN team, and as the Chief of Operations for our ILMUNC India initiative. Outside of MUN, I am involved in PennApps, a student-run hackathon, and the university orchestra. In my sparing spare time, I enjoy biking, backpacking, and photography.

The Russian Revolution JCC is aimed towards confronting the myriad issues facing the Russian Empire at the turn of the 20th century. Our government has faced significant challenges and rebellion from its citizens in the past years. The rebellion of 1905 and the limited reformations including the formation of the Duma that followed in 1907 helped temporarily alleviate their anger towards our government, but they failed to affect lasting changes, and the burden of the Great War has strengthened the political capital of the liberal and socialist movements. It is our task now to quell the rising tide of discontent across our country and maintain the stability and legitimacy of our government. I look forward to the creative and unorthodox solutions each of you will bring to the table to help our country in January. If you have any questions about the substantive nature of this committee, feel free to reach out to me or our USG, Grace Kilpatrick!

Sincerely,

David Wang

Crisis Director, Joint Crisis Committee Russian Revolution 1917: Russian Empire
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Arnav Shah

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC! My name is Arnav Shah and it is my privilege to serve as your chair for JCC Russian Revolution 1905. It is my third time and final time chairing at ILMUNC. In the past I chaired Brazilian Cabinet 2016 and JCC Spanish Civil War: Republicanos. I hope that my last ILMUNC filled with substantive debate and fun memories. The secretariat and staff have worked hard to make this weekend one to remember.

First, I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior studying medical anthropology and global health in the College of Arts and Sciences. I hail from York in the rolling farmlands of South-Central Pennsylvania and after 3 years, I am now proud to call Penn and Philly my home. I have enjoyed being involved with MUN starting in high school and being a part of
the International Affairs Association has been extremely rewarding. I am currently work on the Academic Affairs branch of the IAA and really enjoy both staffing and competing in various conferences. When not engrossing myself in geopolitics, I enjoy studying languages, cooking, and running along the Schuylkill River. On campus, outside of MUN, I am a part of Alpha Iota Gamma, Penn Timmy Global Health, and the Medical Emergency Response Team.

I am thrilled to be working with your crisis director David and your joint crisis director Jed! We have come up with many unique and interesting topics to ensure stimulating debate and creative solutions. However, ultimately up to you, the delegate, to shape the committee. I hope you all will commit the time and energy to fully understand these important topics that formed Russia. In the months leading up to the conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting each one of you in January!

Yours truly,

Arnav Shah

Chair, Joint Crisis Committee Russian Revolution 1917: Russian Empire
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference