It is September, 1919. Following the Armistice of Mudros, foreign vultures have occupied large swathes of the Ottoman Empire. The Sick Man of Europe is now in its death throes, and we are tasked with picking up the pieces to defend our people and our homeland. The old government of the sultan has capitulated; thus, we must form a new nation and fight for our future. We must unite revolutionary forces and seek foreign aid to in order to achieve victory and independence from the occupying powers.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: The Establishment of a New Turkish State
Topic B: Securing Our Sovereignty and Security from Foreign Powers
First of all, welcome to JHUMUNC 2019! My name is William Ruppenthal, and I will be your chair this year. I’ve had a great time my past two years at JHUMUNC, and I’m confident that together we can make this the best year yet!
A little bit about myself first: I am a junior electrical engineering student, as well as a computer science minor. When I’m not doing lab reports or problem sets (or, of course, at JHUMUNC), I work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Data Structures, and relax at the Hopkins Pen and Paper Gaming Club. I also like to draw and read in my spare time.
I’ve been involved in MUN since my sophomore year of high school, and have been on the staff of JHUMUNC for the last two years. I was a crisis staffer two years ago for the Star Wars Specialized committee, and again last year for the U.S. Gilded Age Political Machines. Both were a blast, and I’m eager to get the chance run the whole show myself.
Although we ended up turning the Star Wars committee into a joint crisis (splitting the Rebels against the Empire), I’m really excited to be in a proper quadrumvirate committee. Interacting with the Greeks, British, and Soviets is going to be a ton of fun, and the historical period of our committee is a really interesting and relatively unexplored one. The Interwar period is characterized by all sorts of behavior that can seem indecipherable to our modern eyes, and this conflict, coming right on the heels of the Great War, is in many ways the epitome of that.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the committee, JHUMUNC, Hopkins, college in general, or just to talk.