crisis manager: ElLIOT MACK



The year is 1962. Ever since the USSR shot down an American U2 spy plane performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory in 1960, the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are at an all-time high. The failed Bay of Pigs invasion considerably weakened the Central Intelligence Agency’s credibility and sparked deep tensions between the United States and Castro’s Cuba. On April 17th, 1961, more than 1300 guerillas were unloaded on a beach in the Bay of Pigs with the objective to overthrow Castro’s Communist regime in Cuba which the US perceived as a major threat. The failed invasion further envenomed the Castro government, creating a dangerous enemy for the US. The CIA continued to keep a close eye on the Cuban threat. In 1962, the CIA performed three estimates on the threat posed by Cuba. The latest one — released in August — notes that Soviet military advisors and instructors are believed to be in Cuba, along with Soviet arms and equipment. The CIA’s leadership must decide how to address this growing Cuban threat and Soviet presence so close to America’s shores. What measures can the CIA’s top intelligence officers implement to gather more detailed and accurate intelligence about the situation in Cuba? How will the CIA keep the United States safe from the Cuban communist threat and curb Soviet presence in the Caribbean?


Uncovering the Soviet-Cuban Relationship


Overthrowing the Castro Regime Once and For All


background guide COMING SOON


NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the CIA are as follows. Delegates will:

  • Gain intimate knowledge of the hidden sides of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the historical and moral dilemmas faced by the American intelligence community

  • Practice problem solving, compromise, time-pressured writing, and debate skills

  • Understand the relationship between Cuba and the United States in a historic and modern context

About the Chair


Arisa Herman is a member of the Class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law and pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. She is from the objectively best state in the union: California, although she’s begrudgingly gotten used to D.C. over the years. In the past three years, Arisa has served as a Director and a Chair for numerous NAIMUN and NCSC committees. Outside of Model UN, Arisa can be usually found avoiding her various responsibilities by exploring the District. When not in class or doing her extracurriculars, Arisa enjoys ranting about the Rome Statute, complaining about the lack of good Mexican food in D.C., and extolling the virtues of the west coast to anybody who will sit still for more than 5 seconds.


About the Crisis Manager

Elliot Mack is a Class of 2022 student in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy. He attended a French high school in Istanbul, where he competed in the French variant of Model United Nations and is now a member of the International Relations Club here on campus. He was a crisis analyst in the NSA Australian Joint Bureau at NAIMUN LVI and has traveled with Georgetown's Model United Nations travel team. On campus, Elliot is also involved with the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and the Georgetown Eating Society. In his free time, Elliot enjoys traveling, playing basketball, listening to French rap, and going out to try new foods with friends.

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