State Council Of The Socialist Republic Of Romania, 1986

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard National Model United Nations 2017! My name is Spencer Ma, and I will be serving as your Director, as well as President Ceaușescu, for the State Council of the Socialist Republic of Romania, 1986. A little bit about myself – originally from Southern California, I am a sophomore at Harvard College where I study economics (particularly development economics), and am heavily involved in international relations and Model United Nations. I currently compete on Harvard’s traveling team as well as help staff various other conferences such as HMUN, HNMUN, and WorldMUN.

This committee will be centered around Ceaușescu’s cabinet in communist Romania and takes place during the beginning of the downfall of the Communist Party. Domestic unrest, economic underdevelopment, and foreign tensions threaten the integrity and authority of the President, and members of this cabinet will work actively to solve a variety of issues in order to remain in power. At this point in time, under the blanket of communism, none of the cabinet members could have predicted the upcoming uprising and eventual overthrow of the cabinet; however, it will be your job to effectively address these issues facing Romania’s government. I am excited to see this committee debate over what course we will take to quell the various problems afflicting Romania, ultimately establishing a legacy embedded in communist ideals. We will explore issues such as the growing anti-Communist sentiment, agricultural and economic redevelopment, and the establishment of foreign relations. Over the course of the weekend, I am looking forward to seeing how these decisions made in committee could have shaped Romania and our world today.

Since coming to Harvard, I have been fascinated with studying Eastern European politics and history, especially concerning a pivotal moment in history like the establishment of Communism in Romania. Examining the effects of communism on various tenets of Romanian society and civil affairs intrigued me and encouraged me to run a simulation of the government that changed Romania’s history. Now, it is up to the delegates to determine whether that change was for the better or worse.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or simply just to introduce yourself before the conference. Looking forward to a fantastic weekend with you all!

Spencer Ma
Director, State Council of the Socialist Republic of Romania, 1986
Harvard National Model United Nations 2017

Dear Delegates,

I could not be more excited and honored to welcome you to HNMUN 2017’s Socialist Republic of Romania, a body that will dive into historical discussions of conflict resolution and post-war statebuilding. My name is Andrew Ma, and I am currently a senior here at Harvard, studying Economics with a secondary field in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and hoping to get a language citation in Arabic. I am from sunny Los Angeles but come February I will welcome you to the historic streets of Boston, where you will spend four days discussing complex topics and creating insightful resolutions. As someone greatly interested in international development and diplomatic affairs, I find my family away from home in Harvard’s all-encompassing International Relations Council. I travel with our collegiate delegation, write for the Harvard International Review, and staff in substantive organs for both HMUN and HNMUN. In addition, I also served briefly as the head delegate for Harvard’s competing team and have hopefully seen many of you before on the circuit.

Though I am a specialist in the Middle East – having spent the last year working as a stabilization consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq – I am eager to be directing the crisis for this cabinet. In particular, I’m interested in looking at the dynamics and lessons of repressive state rule that cross­apply between contexts of the modern Middle East and twentieth-century Soviet bloc states.

Think of me less of a crisis director and more as a resource for your debate. One of the things I most enjoy about HNMUN is the chance for me to meet delegates from a variety of backgrounds, so please do not hesitate to drop me an email before the conference introducing yourself. And if you have any questions whatsoever, be it MUN related or not, you can always contact me. Until then, I look forward to seeing you in the committee room, and best of luck with your research.

Warm regards,
Andrew Ma
Crisis Director, State Council of the Socialist Republic of Romania, 1986
Harvard National Model United Nations 2017

Committee Description:

Almost all of the latter half of the twentieth century marked one of the most controversial and important periods in Romanian history. Following the occupation by the Soviet Union, Romania was soon transformed into a pro-Soviet government that installed Communist ideals into its constitutions. With such actions, the emergence of a one-party socialist state had begun and by 1974, Nicolae Ceaușescu, former General Secretary of the Communist Party, assumed the presidency and created a totalitarian government with communist ideals and principles. Ceaușescu’s administration is largely seen as one of the darkest and most oppressive eras in Romanian history, and many citizens were executed or imprisoned if they even slightly opposed the government in power. Through time, failing policies to stimulate Romania’s crippled economy and weakening relations with foreign allies brought civil unrest to the domestic front. This unrest began to gain nationwide, and soon international, traction that culminated during the late 80’s. Therefore, as the governing body, it is the responsibility of the committee to properly address the concerns of the people while maintaining a firm grip over civil authority in Romania. How should the committee respond to domestic unrest and protests? How can Communist ideals and the concerns of the citizens be balanced to create effective policy? These questions will naturally permeate the debate in committee and should be considered when taking committee-wide action.