Committees

In 2018, all PDI committees centered around one theme: “1948: East Asian Crisis.” This year, PDI will feature two separate JCC universes (“The Great Game” and “A New Cold War?”), an ad-hoc committee (“First Contact”), and a 24-hour marathon session (“All the President’s Men”).

The Great Game

Afghanistan and Central Asia played host to a protracted geopolitical struggle between the British and Russian Empires throughout much of the 19th century. Russia, having made significant inroads into Central Asia throughout and before the century, feared British military and economic designs on the region. Britain, enamored with the Indian “jewel” in its imperial crown, worried the Russian Empire sought to wrest the Asian subcontinent from its control. This universe is set in Persia, Afghanistan, and Central Asia in 1878, the year of the historical outbreak of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.

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Cabinet of the United Kingdom

Chaired by the Right Honourable Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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State council of the Russian Empire

Chaired by His Imperial Majesty Alexander II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias

A New Cold War?

Xi Jinping has pledged to build the “strong” China he asserts the Chinese people “dream” of realizing. Vladimir Putin has called the Soviet collapse the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," and one might be forgiven for characterizing his country’s recent military campaigns in the Caucasus, Crimea, and Ukraine as an attempt to reassemble the Russian Empire of yore. Donald Trump was elected to the American Presidency in part by promising to “Make America Great Again,” and the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Strategy—in part because of these three countries’ conflicting ambitions—identified both China and Russia as “strategic competitors.” According to Defense Secretary James Mattis, “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security.” This universe is set in Beijing, Moscow, and Washington in 2020, the year of the U.S. presidential election.

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Central National Security Commission of the people’s republic of china

Chaired by His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

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National Security Council of the United states of America

Chaired by the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

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Security Council of the Russian Federation

Chaired by His Excellency Vladimir V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation

First Contact

Background guides and assignments will be released 24 hours before the start of the first committee session.

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Governing Council of the Hegemony

Chaired by the Hegemon, Director of the Governing Council of the Hegemony

All the President’s Men

It is March 1, 2002. Following an urgent communique from the Federal Security Service (FSB), President Vladimir Putin has called a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF). The Council will convene in the Kremlin Senate at 6:00PM.

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Security council of the russian federation

Chaired by His Excellency Vladimir V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation