JCC A KINGDOM DIVIDED: CATALAN INDEPENDENCE (SPAIN)

Chair: Stacie hartman

Joint CRISIS MANAGER: WILL RAU

Crisis Manager: Brian Moriarty


It is February 2019, and Spain is verging on crisis. A year and a half ago, a referendum indicated overwhelming support for Catalan independence, followed by a transitional framework that planned the state’s self-ruling future. Public opinion has never been more divided; on one hand, progressive youth entertain the idea of an independent Catalonia, but traditionalists are pushing for Spain’s continued unity. Visibly flustered by the referendum, the Spanish government attempted to silence independence-related discourse, drawing widespread criticism from world leaders. How will Spain preserve its democratic ethics while opposing Catalonia’s self-rule?

TOPIC Abstract

Topics

Linguistic and Cultural Representation| Secessionist Factions and Regional Tensions | Role of Media in Conflict

 

APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 18


LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Delegates will gain...

  • A deep understanding of nationalism and regional conflict in Spain;
  • Knowledge of legal and practical issues of secession;
  • Experience in solving disputes that are layered with ideological divisions and cultural differences.

About the Chair

Stacie Hartman is a sophomore in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service planning on majoring in International Politics with a focus in international security and a minor in Spanish. Born and raised in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, Stacie is an avid Boston sports fan, loves exploring and trying new food in the city, and enjoys hitting the beach whenever possible in the summer. At Georgetown, aside from her involvement with the International Relations Club and the Model UN team, Stacie is a member of the Georgetown University Women in Leadership club, the marketing director of the Georgetown Review, a member of the school spirit club on campus, and the Secretary of Higher Education Advocacy for Georgetown Student Association’s Federal and DC Relations Committee. Stacie is excited to be back to staff NAIMUN this year as the Chair of the Spanish side of the JCC for Catalonian Independence and cannot wait to welcome you all to DC this February!

 

About the Joint CM

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 William Rau (’20) is a student in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He is a 3-time NAIMUN staffer, a writer for the Caravel international relations newspaper, and the varsity coxswain for the men’s heavyweight rowing team. Will is an international politics major with a focus on foreign policy processes, and is a Chinese language minor. In the fall of 2018, he is studying abroad at Middlebury College’s campus in Kunming, China. Though he primarily focuses on East Asia in coursework, Will’s diplomatic interests have no limits. He was the head of Phillips Exeter’s Model UN team for two years, and has been a delegate since middle school. He is excited to return for his third NAIMUN in February.

About the Crisis Manager

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Brian Moriarty is a member of the class of 2020 in the College and is majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Brian attended a boarding school in New Hampshire also spends time in Maine. Since transferring to Georgetown after his freshman year Brian has been heavily involved with the Georgetown Student Investment Fund and is also an Undergraduate Researcher at the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center.  Additionally, Brian was a member of the crisis staff as a Crisis Analyst at NAIMUN LV. When not in the classroom Brian enjoys playing soccer and exploring the restaurants of Washington.