Crisis Committees are the most challenging type of committees. They follow a slightly different procedure, often involve role-play and historical / fictional scenarios, and every decision you make has a direct impact! When going into a crisis, you never know who will win, who will lose ... and who will make it out alive. 

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Sengoku Japan

Director: Mercer Pommer,

In this year’s Historical Committee, travel to Feudal Japan in the 1570s, a period marked by fractured polities led by a series of warring families competing for control of the Japanese archipelago. The ties among the daimyo, or feudal lords, are highly personal and often familial in nature, thus causing rather brutal backlash for diplomatic faux-pas and regional skirmishes; it is of the utmost importance that political stability be returned to the isles of Japan. Additionally, changes in the socio-economic makeup of Japan have led to the rise of the peasant class to the thrones of regional politics, such changes must not go unchecked to preserve the traditional values and power structure of Japanese society.

  • Topic 1: Ensuring stability among the fractured factions of Japan (heavily dependent upon personal and familial politics)
  • Topic 2: Combating the rise of the peasant classes and increased social mobility in Japan (ie: riseof Toyotomi Hideyoshi etc…)



Director: Paul Schweitzer,

Travel back to a pivotal moment in the history of Ancient Egypt and the Near East in this committee’s exploration of the highly controversial Amarna Period. It is year Year 6 of the Pharaoh Akhenaten’s reign and His Majesty (Life! Prosperity! Health!) has decreed that the worship of all gods except the Sun Disk, Aten, be outlawed and that the capital be moved into the Middle Egyptian desert to a new city being built called Akhetaten—The horizon of the Aten. Pharaoh’s obsession with theological dogma and internal affairs has led to a rapid neglect of the kingdom’s foreign affairs; a civil war rages in the Egyptian occupied province of Retjenu (the Northern Levant) and several new international powers, Assyria, Babylon, and Mitanni, vie for control over Mesopotamia and Greater Syria. With such looming threats to Egyptian stability, a balance must be struck between practical government policy and the spiritually and theologically guided actions of our divine leader.

  • Topic 1: The Atenist Theological Revolution
  • Topic 2: The Situation in Retjenu and the Greater Near East



Director: Veronica Chung,

Perhaps the most important event of the 21st century, the attacks on September 11th , 2001 have shaped contemporary politics, culture, and society more than any other single event in past decades. This committee, simulating President Bush’s cabinet, begins the day after the unprecedented attacks; it is your job to unify America and the Free World against this foreign terrorist threat and instill a state of security and healing throughout the United States and in American interests abroad. At this point, nothing is known about the hijackers’ identities or affiliations and no groups have claimed responsibility for the heinous attacks, though several foreign intelligence reports from July and August 2001 have shown that various radical Islamists have been planning a large, aircraft-related attack on American interests. It falls upon President Bush and his cabinet to come to a decision regarding the aftermath of this national disaster, in light of future events and intelligence updates that may surmise.

  • Topic 1: Dealing with the Aftermath of the 9/11 attacks
  • Topic 2: Domestic issues in the US (including the Recession of the early 2000s)


Joint Crisis COMMITTEE: The Lebanese Civil War, 1975

The Lebanese Civil War was both an intensely internal conflict within the borders of Lebanon and a war with tremendous regional implications for all parties involved, including Israel, Palestinian refugees, Iran, Syria, and even the UN itself. Fought along rigid sectarian lines that have defined Lebanese society for centuries, there were three major ideological factions at play during the planting of the seeds of conflict in 1975: the Maronite Catholics, Shi’i Muslims, and various secular organizations (including Socialists, Communists, and Arab Nationalists (Ba’athists)). This JCC simulation will explore the beginnings of the conflict and The sectarian issues caused by the newly-gained independence of Lebanon from the French Colonial Empire.

Maronites (Director: Amira Abdalla,

  • Topic 1: Removing the Palestinians from Lebanese Territory
  • Topic 2: Ensuring a political future for Lebanon that is in the interest of the Maronite Faction

* The character list for this committee is located here

Secularists: (Director: Asic Chen,

  • Topic 1: Finding a peaceful solution to the Palestinian conflict
  • Topic 2: Establishing a modern, secular state in Lebanon

Pro-Shi’i Parties: (Director: Jovan Maric,

  • Topic 1: Defending the Shi’i region in Southern Lebanon against the Palestinian, Israeli, and Maronite threats.
  • Topic 2: Establishing a political system with appropriate representation of Shi’is on a national level



Please note this committee is suitable for only the most experienced delegates. This committee is designed to challenge delegates to engage in a high level of debate in one of UTMUN’s most creative and innovative committees. The topic of the committee will not be released prior to the first committee session and neither research nor a position paper is required to participate.