Cabinet of Castro’s Cuba

Chairs: Zaid Haque & Celine Rajoulh

TOPIC background:

“With the world at war between democracy and communism, Cuba attempted to rise above, asserting its own power on the global stage. The primary goal of the administration was to make Cuba its own entity rather than a pawn to higher powers - to further the interests of both their Fatherland and their people. A radical experiment thus begun. Can the administration weave a fine balance between communism and socialism, maintain popular support, and generate sufficient resources? ¡Patria o Muerte! Fatherland or Death!”

background guide coming in November!

 

A LETTER FROM THE dias:

Greetings Delegates,

My name is Zaid Haque and it is my pleasure to be co-directing Castro’s Council of Ministers. I am a sophomore double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Political Science. When I am not busy with MUNUM and school,  I perform research in a Neurology lab on campus and I enjoy watching all sports. During my high school MUN career, I loved participating in crisis committees because of the quick, innovative thinking. The best part about a crisis is being able to debate with other delegates while also creating situations by using the crisis notes. At first, Cuba may not seem as an important country during Castro’s reign. However, their motives and overall goal put the world on edge and make it the reason why we chose this topic. I hope you all will also enjoy this topic through research, debate, and cooperation with each other.

My name is Celine Rajoulh, and I am truly excited to be co-directing this committee! I am a sophomore double majoring in Biochemistry and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). Outside of MUNUM and studying, I also play piano, am a research assistant in a lab in the Biochemistry department on campus, and enjoy exploring different types of music. While in high school, I loved participating in fast-paced, enriching crisis committees, which is why we chose a political climate as complex as Cuba under the Castro Administration. On behalf of our crisis staff, we hope you find the upcoming arcs as intense and intriguing as we do!

My name is Brendan Kailukaitis and I am delighted to be the assistant director for this committee. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science (LSA) with a minor in Mathematics. Outside of the conference, I play both the electric and double bass, and I am involved in the bowling club, where we travel to compete in collegiate tournaments. I also enjoy playing board and card games, and discussing new computer technologies with friends. While I did not participate in Model UN in high school, I thoroughly enjoyed staffing and creating a fantastic crisis committee at last year’s conference, and look forward to our committee for this year. I sincerely hope you enjoy this committee we’ve worked hard on, and continue to make the conference the best it can be!

With the world at war between democracy and communism, Cuba attempted to rise above, asserting its own power on the global stage. The primary goal of the administration was to make Cuba its own entity rather than a pawn to higher powers - to further the interests of both their Fatherland and their people. A radical experiment thus begun. Can the administration weave a fine balance between communism and socialism, maintain popular support, and generate sufficient resources? ¡Patria o Muerte! Fatherland or Death!

¡Vamos Azúl!

Celine, Zaid, and Brendan

haquez@umich.edu

crajoulh@umich.edu

kailukb@umich.edu