The Dissolution of Yugoslavia
As communism is collapsing in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, communism in Yugoslavia is experiencing its own crisis of legitimacy. The end of communism in Yugoslavia will usher in an era of renewed nationalism where the future of the Balkans is anyone’s guess. As we enter the last decade of the 20th century, you have been tasked with determining the future of the Balkans.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: The fall of communism in Yugoslavia
Topic B: Ethnic tensions in the BalkansAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference! My name is Jake Morris and I am incredibly excited to be your chair for the Dissolution of Yugoslavia Specialized committee as we determine the future of the Balkans. Get ready for a great weekend full of conflict, debate, and surprises!
I am originally from New Canaan, Connecticut and in high school I spent two years participating in model UN, absolutely loving my experience. I went to several Ivy League conferences and a ten-day conference in the Netherlands. I am currently a senior at Hopkins and in my fourth year of a five-year joint Bachelors/Masters degree program with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). After three years in Baltimore at Hopkins’ undergraduate campus, I will be in DC for the next two years, where I am concentrating in Chinese Studies. I am a double major in International Studies and East Asian Studies with a minor in Environmental Policy, and after SAIS, I hope to pursue a career in U.S.-Asian relations. Besides my involvement in JHUMUNC, I am a leader in our outdoors club, a tour guide, and a member of Reunion and Homecoming Ambassadors. In my free time, I love to run, hike, bike, or just be outside!
I have been involved with JHUMUNC for three years, and I have loved it so much that I am coming back from Washington D.C. for one more year! Last year, I was the chair for JCC House of Lancaster and loved the interplay with the other committee and the historical aspect of our debates. Historical rooms force you to think about a very different place and approach your challenges from very different angles. Compared with standing committees, crisis committees force you to think on your feet and always plan one move ahead. I have been involved in several historical crisis committees in high school and college and am therefore very excited to lead you in this committee.
As a stand-alone committee solely focused on the future of the Balkans, you are expected to have a full understanding of your character’s desires and motivations as well as the overall situation in Yugoslavia as we enter the 1990s. If you have any questions about the committee, JHUMUNC, SAIS, or Hopkins in general, please feel free to contact me. I’m looking forward to a great conference.
Chair, Dissolution of Yugoslavia
JHUMUNC Session XXII