WEEKLY VOCAB #5: CRISIS

Weekly Vocab #5 is in the building! This week, we are going to look into a foreign-sounding but actually regular MUN term, key to honoring the Best Delegate of a Conference. Without any further ado, gladly presented by QMS, CRISIS!

WHAT IS CRISIS?

Leave the definition to a good dictionary. In MUN, Crisis (short for Crisis Committee) is a mix of common debating on particular world issues and role-playing. Crisis can just pop up and charge at you anytime during a session; therefore, Delegates (usually representing an individual with certain responsibilities rather than an entire nation) would need to deploy critical thinking and timely reactions to devise the most reasonable of solutions. As a result, Crisis necessarily helps in portraying the Best Delegates.

CRISIS DOCUMENTS: CLASSIFICATION

Crisis Documents can be sorted into 3 groups:

Directives:
This is the most common Crisis Document, posed as a Resolution. Directives primarily aim to plan moves responding to Crisis as soon as possible, ultimately resolving the situation. Note that Directives should be granted approval by the majority of a Committee, alongside Sponsors and Signatories, before getting a pass.

Press Release: 
Unlike Directives, instead of suggesting feasible solutions, Press Release tends to make public information to (or not to) Delegates’ advantages, drawing supports for one party and putting another under pressure. Like Directives, however, Press Release would only be passed once approved by the majority of Delegates.

Communiqués:
For the least used Crisis Document, Communiqués are more than useful! They serve as a means of communication (e.g. persuasion, caution) between Delegates, facilitating the possible establishment of Blocs.

Sample Crisis Document:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n-r3GvHC5zy0adHKTT8Y8BV0_nntJCvz

HOW DOES A CRISIS WORK?

You may have already got an idea through our last two sections; now is for a closer look.
Usually, at a Joint-Crisis Committee (JCC), once Study Guide ends, Crisis is up next. New information relevant to the currently discussed issue would be on constant dissemination by Crisis Staff. Directives’ quality and content play a decisive role in determining the live debate topic. The continuous repetition of this process gives rise to unexpected situations (e.g. international disputes, Blocs breaking up), which call for Delegates capable of quick adaptation and logical cognition to deal with. The ultimate winner should be well-rounded: agile, sharp and logical.

Crisis: resolved! Another keyword is now covered; have your MUN soul been fired up yet? In the unfortunate case, however, that you are still in two minds, QMS and Weekly Vocab would certainly keep trying our best to accompany you in preparation for your upcoming journey with MUN. Don’t miss our next issues, fresh insights guaranteed!

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