Yugoslav Presidium

The Yugoslav Presidium will be the only opportunity to save the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from imploding.

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Chair: Bozhidar (Bobo) Stankovikj

I'm Bobo, a confused junior born and raised in Macedonia. I'll probably be majoring in public policy, with minors in environmental science and teacher prep. My proudest achievement at Princeton is probably being the founder (and more or less only member) of the Macedonian society, which has quadrupled in size since the beginning of the year. I'm incredibly excited to serve as the President of Princeton's International Relations Council, and am looking forward to disrupting my usual routine of work, naps and longing for the return of Yugoslavia.

Email: bozhidar@princeton.edu

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Crisis Director: Misha Tseitlin

Hello! I'm Misha, a sophomore from California's Bay Area choosing between majoring in Economics and the Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in Neuroscience. When I'm not off in Georgia (the country) or Russia (also a country), you'll find me directing the newly minted Princeton Econometrics Game, consulting for PBV (Princeton Business Volunteers), talking pretty at the Debate Panel (PDP), or attempting to play basketball. I look forward to hear your thoughts come November!

Topic Description

It is the year 1980, and Marshall Josip Broz Tito, world renowned for his peacemaking ability, frequent emphasis of “Brotherhood and Unity”, adept diplomacy, and his ruggedly good looks, has passed away, three days short of his 88th birthday. This was not unexpected, of course. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had prepared for the inevitable loss of their great leader by changing the constitution and transferring many of Tito's powers to a federal body, acting as a collective presidency.

You, the Yugoslav Presidium, are that federal body. It is on your back that the future of an increasingly vulnerable federation rests. You have to deal with the loss of a unifying figure, an increasingly unstable political system, an economy on the brink of recession, and a power vacuum that threatens to be filled by a tide of nationalism that has swept through many of the major players in the Balkans. Will you prevent the fall of Yugoslavia? Will “Brotherhood and Unity” be left as merely a phrase of the past? Will you make the same mistakes as your predecessors?