The story of the Tuebingen International Crisis Simulation begins in summer 2014, when two of our 2016 board members sat in the train back home from BerlInMUN. After having been encouraged in Berlin, Karim and Maurice envisioned bringing the amazing concept of Model United Nations to Tuebingen. And finally – in October 2016 – Tuebingen was welcoming students from around the globe for the first edition of TICS.
TICS 2016 was a success. A couple of months later the Board of TICS 2017 started planing our upcoming conference in november. We are beyond excitement to introduce once more many brilliant and open-minded students to Tuebingen.
Tuebingen fits perfectly for a smaller high-level conference. As a student town with long university tradition, beautiful old town, short ways, and a great nightlife, it offers the right environment for Model United Nations. Moreover, the university considers itself highly international and so does our UN society.
We chose to have a Crisis Simulation as it gives us the opportunity to have fewer delegates in more councils, which ensures faster processes, intimate debates and high dynamics when it comes to the effects your decisions have on our own TICS – reality. A Crisis simulation is interactive and requires the capability to make quick, well considered and effective decisions. Last but not least, it brings you and us so much joy!
While Chairs, Delegates and Journalists are all the actors and captured in reality, the Crisis Managers with the Crisis Director determine reality and thus have ultimate disposal of the tumblr feed.
Our first edition of TICS covered the conflict that evolves around the Arctic. Eight Arctic nations constitute the members of the Arctic Council. Each has its own geopolitical, economic or scientific interests regarding the Northern Circle. The Arctic plays a significant role in our present and future, which made it a perfect and intriguing topic for TICS 2016.
Concerning the topic for TICS 2017 we decided to engage our future participants in the decision-making process. We asked prospective delegates, chairs and journalists to send us a proposal for the Crisis of 2017. The applicant who proposed the best idea was going to be rewarded with free participation. We received a lot of creative and ideas so it was not easy to pick a winner. However, Daryl Tiglao’s Topic – conflicts in Southeast Asia – was considered to be the best choice for our conference in November.
Thus, this year’s crisis simulation will revolve around current developments in South-East Asia and will primarily focus on the current stand-off between North Korea and the international community over its nuclear program. Delegates will be tasked with bringing this standoff to a conclusion whilst (hopefully) avoiding all-out nuclear conflict between the interested parties. In addition to this, the crisis will also have a second dimension involving the conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea. Resolving the first crisis will require states with conflicting views on the future of South China Sea to cooperate with each other providing a unique challenge for those participating in the crisis. This year’s crisis impromises to be a tense, dynamic, and high-tempo second edition of the TICS project.