On behalf of myself, my committee staff, and the entire HNMUN community, I am ecstatic to welcome you to the sixty-sixth session of Harvard National Model United Nations! My name is Emmanuel Calivo, I’m a rising junior at Harvard College, and at this year’s conference, I have the great pleasure of directing one of the world’s most prominent and influential regional bodies: the European Union.
As a proud native of Silicon Valley in Northern California, I grew up at a major intersection of politics and technology, and in high school I realized that the innovative capabilities of data science could be a powerful tool in the pursuit of good governance, successful communities, and cross-cultural cooperation. To that end, I’ve chosen to concentrate my studies at Harvard in Government with a secondary field in Statistics, with particular foci in the areas of political and ethical theory, defense planning, and the law. These phenomena are front-and-center in the challenges facing today’s European Union, which naturally formed my interest in E.U. policy that I will be carrying into this year’s conference.
This is my first foray into directing a committee at HNMUN, but I’m by no means new to the MUN world: I was an Assistant Director of Business at HNMUN 2019 and was also the founder and president of my high school’s Model UN organization, leading our team into our first ever competitive conference. Outside of MUN, I’m an active member of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Committee at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, I serve as Political Chair for the Harvard Francophone Society, and am a DJ at WHRB - Harvard Radio Broadcasting, where I play my favorite blues classics on weekend mornings. I’m also known to be a big fan of sports (ice hockey and tennis), television shows and movies (anywhere from cartoons to nature/history documentaries), and stand-up comedy.
The European Union of today is incredibly diverse—not only in culture, ethnicity, and language, but in ideology as well. While some have embraced the ever-closer ties that bind E.U. members together, others have called for a return of powers to the national level. As the global balance of power begins to shift and new challenges menace the success of the European project, questions of integration seem likely to affect Europe’s role in the world: Will Europe lead the fight against climate change? Is Europe prepared to deal with potential security threats? How involved should Europe be in providing economic or military aid to other areas of the world? And how much cooperation between European nations is necessary to achieve these goals? To answer these and other questions, we will have to keep many different perspectives in mind as we spend our four days together forming a vision for the Europe of tomorrow. I know your fantastic ideas and excellent diplomatic skills will allow us to do just that, and I cannot wait to welcome you to conference in February!
In the meantime, please do feel welcome to reach out to me with questions, or just to say hello as well. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Emmanuel Calivo Director
Topic Area: Rewriting the Common Foreign and Security Policy
The Common Foreign and Security Policy is one of the cornerstones of the European Union’s international policy, governing a wide variety of external affairs from humanitarian aid to maintaining security and from crisis management to military intervention. It represents a unified approach to certain international challenges based on E.U. values of democratic government, recognition of human rights, and the importance of international law. Traditionally heavily inclusive of outside actors such as NATO, the CFSP has been adapted to fit numerous challenges to the European project, such as spikes in migration and increasingly belligerent actions by its neighbors. As various power shifts and conflicts continue to change the geopolitical landscape, some have argued that it does not go far enough. An even closer relationship, built on the strong foundation of a common European army, might be more fitting, in their views. Others who are more critical of increased European integration, however, advocate for returning foreign affairs to the control of national governments. At this pivotal period for Europe, the CFSP will be rethought and reimagined: What role will Europe play in a changing future? And how much European cooperation is necessary to play this role?