BRITISH DEFENSE COUNCIL (BDC)

CRISIS MANAGER: TARA SUBRAMANIAM

Chair: Meghna sinha 


The year is 1957, and Cold War rages on. This committee takes place a decade after the formation of the Five Eyes alliance, a signal intelligence sharing organization formed as a result of the 1946 British-U.S. Communication Intelligence Agreement. The British Defense Council is one arm of the organization. The United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada constitute the other four countries in the alliance. The main purpose: to cooperate and monitor Sino-Soviet communication to prevent their rise in power. Specifically, the BDC centralizes all defense capabilities of the United Kingdom as they stood in 1957 during the Cold War conflict. The committee comprises cabinet officials, relevant intelligence officers, and others whom the Prime Minister deems relevant. Delegates will coordinate with the intelligence agencies of the other Commonwealth nations to address foreign and domestic threats to the UK’s interests as well as the bigger goals of the overall organization.

TOPIC Abstract

Topics

Decline of Colonial Empire | Emergence of Nuclear Power| Intelligence Sharing

 

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 22


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Delegates will gain...

  • Understanding of traditional military defense strategies and how intelligence influenced strategic decision-making during the Cold War;
  • Insight into how the British government dealt with important issues of the Cold War, specifically the rise of nuclear powers and the decline of European empires;
  • The skills to coordinate defense efforts within their own committee and across multiple committees, including those with different interests and goals.

About the Chair

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Meghna Sinha, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is a member of the Class of 2019. She studies International Economics in the School of Foreign Service. This will be her third NAIMUN and sixth time staffing, having staffed NCSC, Georgetown’s collegiate MUN conference three times previously. She’s very excited to chair this committee, having staffed the British House of Commons at her last NAIMUN. Outside of staffing MUN conferences, Meghna works as a research assistant to a couple different professors. In her free time, she loves baking (and eating) pies and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and SNL.

About the Crisis Manager

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Tara is a member of the Class of 2019 in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a minor in Mandarin and multitasking. While Tara actually hails from Atlanta, Georgia, she often pretends to be from a small town in France near Normandy and aspires to one day be like CJ Cregg or Elizabeth McCord. Previously, Tara served on NAIMUN Secretariat as Deputy Director of Programming. This year, she is thrilled to serve as CM for the British Defense Committee and can't wait to help make this NAIMUN the best yet!