World War One France Committee (Novice)

With the European Continent on the brink of war, will the French play a decisive role in saving the West or will it crumble?

 
 
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Chair: BEN PRESS

I’m a junior in the History Department, and I hail from Vienna, Virginia (famed for being home to the most spies per head of almost anywhere), just outside of Washington, DC. Beyond my departmental academic work, I'm thinking about pursuing certificates in History and the Practice of Diplomacy, Medieval Studies, and French Language and Culture. Outside of PMUNC, I served as deputy captain of Princeton’s Model UN Team, co-chair on the Butler College Council, and currently serve as a U-Councilor with the University Student Government. In my free time, I work on cars, play squash (very badly), and sleep way more than I should. And I make time for watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, because that’s pretty important too.

Email: bpress@princeton.edu


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Crisis Director: Jivahn Moradian

Hey! My name is Jivahn Moradian; I am a Princeton Sophomore majoring in Economics, and I'm thrilled to be your Crisis Director this conference. This is my third year staffing PMUNC, and my second as Crisis Director. I grew up in Paris, France, though I was born in Colorado. Outside of school, I lead backpacking trips with Princeton's Outdoor Action program, tutor students in economics and math, work with the Princeton Student Climate Initiative to push for statewide climate policy, and serve on the school's Committee on Discipline. In my spare time, you can probably find me climbing trees around campus, or researching extremely valuable information about relevant and fascinating topics such as the naked mole rat (fun fact: its insensitive to pain!). I look forward to meeting you all at PMUNC 2018!

Email: moradian@princeton.edu

Topic Description

Bonjour, chers amis! In this committee, which will be geared towards first-time crisis delegates, we will be simulating the early days of August 1914 from the perspective of the French Cabinet and the French General Staff. In this fast-paced and semi-historical (well, that part is really up to you) crisis, we’ll be learning the basics of writing crisis notes, passing committee directives, and responding to the ongoing challenges faced by the French Republic as tensions rise and threaten to break out into open conflict across Europe. With new technologies and new political forces being unleashed on the Continent, you’ll have to decide the most important question of the day: how will France respond and save itself from another devastating military defeat?