MEET THE CHAIR
Amy is currently a junior at Harvard College interested in studying Economics with a secondary in government. Born and raised in Minnesota, she has been involved in Model UN since high school, loving the power dynamics, intricate alliances, and heated debates that one can enjoy at MUN. Last year, she directed the crisis committee, the Underground Cabinet of China to explore the complexities of freedom of expression between dissidents and government officials. In addition to WorldMUN, she has directed a historical Nigeria committee at HNMUN and HMUN-India in addition to being a crisis director the HMUN Security Council. This upcoming year, she will be the Under-Secretary-General of Business at HMUN and the Chief of Staff of Harvard's traveling Model UN team. Since coming to college, she has spent a majority of her time split between traveling with Harvard's Model UN team and pursuing her passion for innovation through Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. Outside of the committee room, she enjoys finding the hidden gems in new cities, laying by lakes, and embarking on ad hoc adventures. She is so excited to get to know all of the wonderful delegates at WorldMUN and cannot wait to see what adventures this WorldMUN brings!
Topic: Crisis in the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev and his cabinet has just inherited a country that has been plagued with the Era of Stagnation, with growth rates plummeting to a standstill during the Brezhnev years and political corruption and instability, with unrest within states of the USSR. With the Nixon Shocks, the 1973 oil shocks, and poor management by the over-centralized economy, an economic crisis has unfolded; labor productivity plummeted, innovation staggered to a halt, and the GNP was cut in half from the previous decade. Scholars point to the disproportionate amount of military spending as a major cause to the stagnation. However, when faced with a failing war in Afghanistan in difficult terrain and a dramatic increase in defense spending by Reagan, the committee must also consider the dangerous ramifications of each step taken in the precarious game-theory waltz of the arms race.
Gorbachev once said that, “It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.” Yet many point to glasnost and perestroika as a catalyst to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and an era of American hegemony. Delegates, you are now faced with a crucial decision: to continue with vision of the Russian Revolution and its socialist ideals or to significantly restructure the Soviet society while sustaining its global status as a leader.