Committee Name: Mikhail Gorbachev’s Cabinet, USSR 1985
Undersecretary-General: Suraag Srinivas
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Yasmeen El-Hasan
Chair and Crisis Manager: Tobias Cebulash and Saad Bashir
A Letter from the Chair and Crisis Manager
Welcome to Mikhail Gorbachev’s Cabinet at NAIMUN LV! Our names are Tobais and Saad and we are thrilled to be your CM and Chair for this committee. Saad is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2019, currently as a major in Political Economy and minor in Linguistics. Originally born in Panama City, Florida, Saad has lived out most of his life in Athens, Georgia where he was active in everything from local politics to mixed martial arts. Now at Georgetown University, he is an active member of the Georgetown Model UN travel team. Last year, he served as the Deputy Undersecretary-General of Cabinets at NAIMUN as is excited to be back in Cabinets as a CM.
Tobias Cebulash will be your Chair for Mikhail Gorbachev’s Cabinet at NAIMUN LV. Tobias is a class of 2020 studying Culture and Politics at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He has been doing Model United Nations since his freshman year and has enjoyed his time both traveling and staffing conferences. In addition to participating in MUN-related activities, he also serves on the board of Georgetown’s International Relations Club as Coordinator of the Georgetown Diplomacy and International Security Conference, and the rest of his free-time goes to practicing his Russian and doing pushups (hopefully he won’t have been kicked out of ROTC by February).
The year is 1985, and the Soviet Union is at a critical juncture. After being plagued with two years of volatility in Party leadership resulting from the untimely deaths of Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko, the Politburo has elected the healthy, ambitious, and relatively young Mikhail Gorbachev to lead. This Politburo will be tasked primarily with restructuring the economy in order to bring the Soviet Union out of recession and keep up with the United States. Other than these economic concerns, there are issues regarding nuclear technology, national defense, food and clothing shortages, army presences in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan, and corruption within the Party. This committee will have to respond to crises and adapt to changing circumstances if the Soviet Union is to survive these pivotal years, or else it will face certain dissolution.
Tobias Cebulash and Saad Bahsir
Chair and Crisis Manager, Mikhail Gorbachev’s Cabinet