NHSMUN’s philosophy on crisis-oriented committees is that all crisis elements should contribute to a student’s understanding of the body being simulated. Therefore, we strive to simulate only UN bodies, governments, and other important international organizations. In these committees, delegates are challenged not only to have a strong understanding of the topic at hand and their assigned role in it, but also to be creative and flexible as confounding problems arise. By having delegates think critically about how their body would react to different crises, delegates strengthen their appreciation for the decision making that takes place within these bodies. This committee will simulate the Cabinet of the United Kingdom in 1916. The delegates, as members of the H. H. Asquith coalition government, will need to navigate the pressures faced from growing discontent in Ireland while still managing the implications that any actions there will have on the effectiveness of the larger war effort across the Channel in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire.
Topic: Irish Home Rule and Rebellion (1916)
In April 1916, the Great War has been raging for nearly two years, creating immense stress on the British government and economy as countless lives are lost to the unstoppable machine of war. As enemies in Continental Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East become lodged in seemingly unending trench warfare, entities from within the empire are plotting their next moves. Joined in a political union since 1800, Ireland has been an integral part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This relationship has often been uneasy, with Irish nationalists accusing the British government of neglect or outright violent oppression, limiting the prosperity of the Irish nation. However, a sizeable number of unionists in Ireland have vowed to only further integrate Ireland as an integral component of the United Kingdom. Delegates in this committee will represent government ministers, members of Parliament, and military and civil service officers in Whitehall. Together, they will need to grapple with complex notions of identity, confront a long, troubled history of colonial rule, and remain ever-aware that their decisions will have an impact on the larger war effort in Europe.