JOHN F. KENNEDY’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EXCOMM), 1962
CRISIS MANAGER: MARIE SWAIN
CHAIR: JEFF CIRILLO
APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 20
Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union are at their highest point since the start of the Cold War. Both countries are locked in a race to build up nuclear arsenals, raising concerns about the prospects of a nuclear war that could threaten the lives of millions. The young, newly elected president, John F. Kennedy, and his administration are tasked with halting the spread of communism and defending the U.S. homeland from attack through military strength. All the while, they must also carefully exercise diplomacy to prevent the Cold War from escalating into an all-out military conflict.
The Precipice of War
Prioritizing Domestic Issues
background guide COMING SOON
NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for John F. Kennedy’s EXCOMM are as follows. Delegates will learn to:
Confront national security objectives
Understand the complexities of bilateral relations
Gain greater insight into nuclear crisis management
Learn how government and non-government entities interact against the backdrop of a tumultuous political climate
Develop an intimate knowledge of how intelligence aids decision making during a war
Acquire an enhanced grasp on crafting a collaborative narrative through deal-making and deception
About the Chair
Jeff Cirillo is a member of the Class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. A lifetime resident of the Washington, D.C. area, he is a politics junkie with a past, and hopefully a future, in political journalism. He has staffed both of Georgetown’s model U.N. conferences, NCSC and NAIMUN, and is also an active of Georgetown’s Institute of Politics and Public Service and the former executive editor of Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya. He looks forward to leading a lively crisis committee as Chair.
About the Crisis manager
Marie Swain is a member of the Class of 2020 in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Security and pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. She is originally from the swamps of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, loves seafood, and can make a mean pecan pie. Since coming to Georgetown, she has staffed the International Relations Club’s college and high school conferences, NCSC and NAIMUN, and served on various sub-boards for the club. Outside of her involvement in the IRC, Marie is an active member of GU Politics and enjoys running to the monuments. Marie is thrilled to be serving as Crisis Manager this year for NAIMUN and is looking forward to an incredible conference!