BROWN UNIVERSITY CRISIS SIMULATION 2015 February 26 — March 1, 2015 Brown University Providence, Rhode Island Contact us at [email protected] Welcome to BUCS Dear delegates, It is our great pleasure to invite you to Brown University Crisis Simulation 2015. BUCS’ fourth annual session will take place on Brown University’s historic Providence, RI campus from February 26th - March 1st, 2015. A hallmark of BUCS is our delegate-first philosophy, with each delegate playing a pivotal role in the unfolding of one of four action-packed crises. There is never a dull moment as delegates work within and across committee lines to negotiate and cooperate — or strategize and manipulate — their way to diplomacy or, in some cases, all-out war. From nuanced discussions of intellectual property rights to determining the fate of one of history’s most influential civilizations, delegates can expect to exercise their creativity and adaptability in a fast-paced environment. Together with students from across the country, delegates will delve into issues that cross the boundaries of place and time. This interactive experience certainly doesn’t stop when committee ends. BUCS is happy to offer a variety of social events where you can get to know fellow delegates in more casual settings. From the kickoff champagne reception to pub trivia to the ever-popular club night, BUCS is sure to be an unforgettable experience both in and out of the committee room. The entirety of the BUCS Secretariat and staff share an utmost dedication to every aspect of the delegate experience. We hope that you will join us for what is sure to be a unique and memorable Model UN experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you to BUCS 2015! Sincerely, Sara Palasits and Sam Davidoff-Gore Co-Secretaries-General, BUCS 2015 BUCS 2015 Secretariat Sara Palasits, Secretary General Sam Davidoff-Gore, Secretary General Lauren Suiter, Undersecretary General Charles Hemsley, Director General Aashay Sheth, Director General Belinda Zhou, Director of Outreach Stephen Stahr, Director of Publications Ian Reardon, Director of Decorum The BUCS Experience Welcome to the Brown University Crisis Simulation. With our dynamic crises, passionate directors and chairs, and intimate committees, BUCS 2015 is primed to deliver an unforgettable crisis experience. Now in our fourth year, BUCS has gained a reputation for driving a fast-paced, gripping crisis tempo that deftly navigates the line between reality and imagination. Over the course of four days, Join our crisis committees and work with your peers to tackle world issues that span time and place. Unwind and get to know your fellow delegates during our unforgettable social events. Explore and enjoy the beautiful city of Providence, renowned for its historical significance and vibrant art scene. Shape world events in real time. BUCS gives each delegate the chance to bring their voice to key world events. More than mere reenactments, BUCS committees put the mechanisms for progress in your hands. Each committee is action-packed, throwing some of the most creative crises you can (or cannot) imagine your way. In BUCS crises, you remake history and craft the future while collaborating with — and perhaps conspiring against — delegates within and beyond committee lines. We hope you join us! With over 40 years of experience attending and running conferences, Brown Model UN is excited to continue the tradition of facilitating a weekend full of lively debate. For delegates new and old, BUCS promises to deliver an unforgettable crisis experience. The Crises: Historical The Rise of a Kingdom, 716 B.C. Newly founded, the small city of Rome has opened its gates to all and grows at an astounding pace. With the mysterious disappearance of King Romulus, the fate of the city now falls into the hands of you, the esteemed electorate of the Curiate Assembly. As a committee, you must guide the young city through diplomatic and domestic affairs, whether dealing with the barbarians of the northern lands of Gallia or establishing trade routes with the distant city of Carthage. Take the helm of the greatest empire of the ancient world as you help the people of Rome fulfill their glorious fate! Crisis Directors: Steven Brownstone and Shawn Tsutsui End of the Curtain: The Bakumatsu Revolution In the mid-19th century, Japan's world was turned upside down when Commodore Perry forced Japan to come out of its 200 years of self-imposed isolationism, or sakoku. Without the Emperor's consent, the shogun quickly signed the treaties with Perry and adopted very strong pro-foreigner policies, even discharging and killing government officials who dissented. Now, trouble is brewing in Japan as pro-imperial activists known as the ishin shishi begin to take up arms. Will the differences between the shogun and the Emperor be settled by words or by blood? Can the shogun hold onto the power he still has, or will it be whisked away from him, forever changing Japan's political structure? Will dawn ever come to the land of the Rising Sun? Crisis Directors: Soumya Ghosh and James Ninia The Crises: Modern-Day Media Wars: Journalism in the 21st Century The New York Times has consolidated its position as the leading source of news in the country after buying out most of its near-bankrupt competitors and establishing a virtual monopoly on print journalism. Meanwhile, after leaking a story about American surveillance programs, Buzzfeed has decided to rebrand itself as a political blog and a challenger to the Times. The stage has thus been set for a showdown between two publications with radically different styles of presenting the news. As a member of the editorial board of either the Times or Buzzfeed, you will be tasked with waging a new media war to ensure the dominance of your publication. Facing world crises, publication deadlines, and limited resources, how will you increase your market share and push your competitor out of business? Will you adopt a critical, investigative journalism style? Or will you turn to flashy yellow journalism and aggressive tactics? Crisis Directors: Yao Liu and Adam Waters Business Ethics, Intellectual Property, and the Developing World In present-day developing states, negotiations between corporations and governments over comprehensive patent law reform have reached a tipping point. Patent officials from a bloc of industrializing countries and corporate executives representing agricultural and pharmaceutical companies have decided to convene to lobby for their interests. Is there a mutually beneficial solution that promotes the health of the countries' citizens while maintaining a thriving market for the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries? Can governments of developing countries continue to reliably provide necessities for their citizens in the face of epidemics and natural disasters? Can corporations successfully operate in markets with competitors who are able to copy their goods and undercut their prices? In this committee, you will explore the challenges faced by researchers and the realities of everyday living in a developing country as you try to achieve successful reform. Crisis Directors: Krishnanand Kelkar and Abi Kulshreshtha Important Dates July 1, 2014: Registration opens November 1, 2014: Early registration deadline January 2015: Background guides published January 23, 2015: Regular registration deadline February 6, 2015: Late registration deadline February 26 – March 1, 2015: BUCS 2015 Social Events Pub & Trivia Night Come relax after a long day in committee on Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for the BUCS Pub & Trivia Night! In addition to providing classic pub food, BUCS will be hosting a trivia contest testing your knowledge of the world. Prizes will include free drink tickets for Saturday’s Club Night! Club Night In celebration of three days of stimulating debate, spend Saturday night at one of Providence’s popular night clubs. The annual favorite BUCS Club Night is from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. — don’t miss out what’s sure to be one heck of an unmoderated caucus.
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