Published on February 10, 2019
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President Nicolás Maduro’s Cabinet (2013)
Nicolás Maduro was elected President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in April of 2013, succeeding Hugo Chávez. He inherited a country rife with crime, corruption, and inflation. Lack of financial stability, personal safety, and basic necessities caused widespread protests and uprisings. Due to the dire circumstances within Venezuela, Maduro was granted the ability to rule by decree very early into his presidency; he has retained this since. Despite the autocratic method of governance, Maduro relies on advisors to help him run the country. He has also relied on soldiers to keep the peace in the streets and reduce crime. On the economic side, he and his advisors have denounced capitalism and embraced socialism. Faced with a hyper-inflating economy, a corrupt state-owned oil firm (PDVSA), and a general feeling of discontent with years of government ineptitude, Maduro and his advisors are hard-pressed to fix the economy and bring prosperity back to Venezuela.
Members of this committee, as President Maduro’s closest advisors, must see through the danger of blindly following precedent while recognizing the importance of tradition and consistency in the transition of power from one presidency to the next. Additionally, members must outline an economic plan that is acceptable to the government and will increase the quality of life of Venezuelans.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Transitioning and Consolidating Power Post-Hugo Chávez
Topic B: Combating the Economic CrisisAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXII! My name is Michael Shen, and I will be your chair for President Nicolás Maduro’s Cabinet 2013. This year will be my third year working on a JHUMUNC committee. Previously, I was a Dais for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) and for the Gilded Age Political Machines committee.
I am currently a junior at Johns Hopkins, majoring in neuroscience. Additionally, I am minoring in Accounting and Financial Management and Psychology. On campus, I am a brother in both the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the national community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I am President of the JHU Global Water and Engineering Brigades chapter, a writer for our medical journal HMR, and a member of the JHU Consulting Club. I work as a TA for Introductory Computing, I do neuroscience research at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, and I do Applied Economics research on Homewood Campus. Outside of neuroscience, I am interested in finance, international relations, and psychology. During my spare time, I enjoy swimming, lifting weights, and sampling the food Baltimore has to offer!
I am excited to work with all of you to navigate Maduro’s complicated ascension to the Presidency of Venezuela. 2013 was a year marked with significant turmoil, confusion, and dissent. You will explore the members Maduro chose to advise him and lead the country post-Chávez. It is imperative that you work together to solve the various political and economic issues – some of which are still unresolved today. I will help guide our discussion as you propose solutions to help the people of Venezuela. I cannot wait to see what you will accomplish!
If you have any questions about this committee, Johns Hopkins University, or anything else, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I look forward to working with you all in February!
Chair, President Maduro’s Cabinet 2013
JHUMUNC Session XXII