The Culper Ring, 1778
No other US covert operation was kept a secret longer than the Culper Ring. Formed in 1778 during the American Revolution, this spy ring was led by Benjamin Tallmadge with direct orders from George Washington himself. The ring foiled countless plans of the British army, communicated across all thirteen colonies, and left an indelible mark on the course of the war. Despite these successes, the Ring’s existence remained a secret until the 1930’s. How did they achieve such a feat.
Delegates of The Culper Ring, 1778 will have to battle to defeat the British monarchy and remain free from foreign rule. They will discover attacks before they occur, reveal traitors, and gather crucial intelligence, all while under the cover of absolute secrecy. How will delegates manage to gather and send information without causing suspicion? Will they be able to expose British plans before the Revolution fails? Who can the spies trust? Working as a catalyst toward the end of the war, the Culper Ring will face decisions that will help found a new nation.
Coordinating Crisis Director's Letter:
Welcome to the Malayan Emergency Joint Crisis Committee! My name is Jenna Wong, and I have the pleasure of serving as your Coordinated Crisis Director for this JCC. You guys truly have an all-star lineup for your senior staff, and all five of us worked tirelessly to make this JCC unique on the circuit. I promise that you are in very good hands, and I can’t wait to see the wholesome (or slightly less wholesome) arcs you concoct over the course of HNMUN.
A little about myself: I am a rising junior (eek!) from Concord, Massachusetts, which means I can go home on weekends and see my dog. I’m concentrating in Social Studies (aka politics, philosophy and economics), with a focus field on Gender, Violence and Reconciliation in Latin America. Most of my time outside of academics is consumed by model United Nations, and I currently serve as one of our travel team’s Head Delegates (#rushICMUN) and sit on the Board of Directors for the International Relations Council, our umbrella organization for all things IR. I am also Undersecretary-General for Committees at our high school conference in India and have directed a General Assembly for two years in a row at our high school conferences in Boston and China. Last year at HNMUN I was technically a Director of Administration, but somehow got roped into crisis staffing the Walt Disney committee, so you might have seen me running around the BPP wearing Minnie Mouse ears.
This committee, while tragically not featuring any Minnie Mouses, will dive into an undercovered area of Southeast Asian history. In some regards the Malayan Emergency is a classic Cold War tale of Communist rebels vs. Western imperialists - indeed, it is often compared to the better known Vietnam War. Yet this story is different than the typical one we see in crisis committees - neither Russia nor the United States is heavily involved. I hope that this JCC will thus allow us to explore the Cold War era from a totally different angle than the standard narrative.
My job as Coordinating Crisis Director is to ensure that crisis flows smoothly between the two sides of this JCC. I will be tracking all inter-committee notes, staying in constant contact with both CDs to plan coordinated crisis breaks, facilitating inter-committee meetings, and ensuring that this JCC truly feels like a joint effort. In the interest of transparency, I would also like it to avoid following the path of many JCCs and devolving into war games. There are a plethora of interesting and creative paths these two committees can take - planning attacks and counter-attacks all weekend is not one of them.
Please let me know if you have any questions about how this JCC will run, and I can't wait to meet you all at conference!
Coordinated Crisis Director, The Malayan Emergency