United States Post-9/11 Joint Commission on Counterterrorism (JCC)
In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Congressional 9/11 Commission must collaborate to address immediate responses to national tragedy, finding the perpetrators and bringing them to justice, understanding the circumstances that allowed for this nature of attack, and taking steps necessary to ensure that nothing like 9/11 happens again.
Crisis Director: Maggie Baughman
My name is Maggie Baughman, and I am incredibly excited to be your PMUNT captain this year! I grew up just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, though I spent three years living in Tokyo. I’m a prospective major in the Woodrow Wilson School, with certificates in East Asian Studies and Computer Science. I absolutely love getting to represent Princeton’s Model United Nations Team - this is probably one of the most fun, brilliant, compassionate, and dedicated groups of people on campus! Outside of Model UN, I am an officer and publicity chair on Princeton’s Club Climbing Team, a Writing Center Fellow, an OA leader, and work as a Computer Science grader and an OA Climbing Wall Instructor. I’m really excited to work on strengthening our team over the next year, and work with our tight-knit community. If you have any questions about PMUNT or other Model UN opportunities on campus, please feel free to reach out to me via email!
Special Congressional Committee Chair: Scott Overbey
Scott Overbey is a sophomore at Princeton University from Cincinnati, OH planning to major in Economics with certificates in Political Economy, Statistics and Machine Learning, and Urban Studies. Besides being deputy captain of Princeton's Model UN Team, he is a sub-team leader for Princeton Engineers Without Borders, researcher for the podcast Policy Punchline, and member of the Princeton Club Swim Team. He plans to work in creating and analyzing public policy, especially welfare and tax policy.
Special Congressional Committee Topic Description
It is September 12, 2001. Catastrophic attacks have rocked New York City and the Pentagon with a fourth plane going down in Pennsylvania. Congress has convened this special joint committee of elected officials to coordinate Congress’ investigation and actions to deal with the crisis at hand. As members of the Congressional 9/11 Commission, weave your way through the bureaucratic monolith of the U.S. federal government as you attempt to work with other agencies of the government to aid victims of the attacks, investigate the events before and on 9/11, and determine how such an event managed to occur without the U.S. government preventing it.
Department of justice chair: Shreyas Kumar
Hi! My name is Shreyas, and I'm a junior from Nashville studying Politics and Philosophy at Princeton. Other than being on the International Relations Council on campus, I am the President of the Princeton Debate Panel and am a member of Princeton's Fed Challenge team. I did MUN through high school and college, and am excited to be your chair at PMUNC this fall!
Department of justice Topic Description
In the wake of 9/11, the Department of Justice was forced to reckon with its inability to prevent the attacks. Its intelligence branch - the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review - was failing to effectively communicate threats to the investigative branch; its investigative branch - the Federal Bureau of Investigation - had failed to identify and stop possible threats before they happened; and its legal branch could not prosecute threats they could not identify. You serve as prominent administrators in the Department of Justice, tasked with improving its capacity to respond to potential threats in the future, while ensuring that the rights and civil liberties of Americans remain protected.
department of defense Chair: arjun guthal
My name is Arjun Guthal, and I’m a sophomore here at Princeton. I’m a prospective Molecular Biology major on a pre-med track and am pursuing a certificate in Engineering Biology. Other than being a part of the Model UN team here at Princeton, I also play trumpet in the Princeton Jazz band and University orchestra. My other interests include playing sports with friends like frisbee and soccer, working out, and coloring.
department of defense Topic Description
The Department of Defense, headquartered in the Pentagon just outside of Washington DC, oversees the U.S. Armed Forces as well as four national intelligence agencies. It has become the largest employer in the world, but after the morning of September 11, 2001, when American Airlines flight 77 struck the E Ring of the Pentagon, the Department of Defense suffered tremendous losses with hundreds of employees reported severely injured or dead. Minutes after the devastating incident, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, immediately began attending to the urgent matters brought to light regarding national defense and safety. The Defense Department is now tasked with rebuilding the damaged Pentagon, utilizing the National Security Agency to take anti-terrorist security measures, as well as discussing possible actions to take going forward against Al Qaeda.