Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq

On March 20, 2003, the United States initiated an international coalition invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Republic of Iraq. A month and a half later, on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush stood atop the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with a banner denoting Mission Accomplished in the background. In his speech, he declared that, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.” The Ba’athist-government of Iraq’s dictator, Hussein, had been overthrown just three weeks earlier, and a US Department of Defense-led transitional government was quickly established in its stead to steer the course of the country—the Coalition Provisional Authority. The CPA fell under the oversight of the Department of Defense, but was simultaneously both a multinational effort and a foreign government.

Even when delivering his May 1st speech, Bush knew the task of fashioning a new Iraq had only just begun. Iraq was the seventh of a string of attempts at regime-change by the United States in a little over a decade. Charged with governing Iraq and promoting a functional democracy in a country under which the people have been oppressed for over twenty years by a brutal dictatorship, the committee’s task ahead is a formidable one. Delegates in this committee will be representing the variety of US and international political and military elements within the CPA administration. Delegates will be tasked with governing an intensely divided Iraq, overseeing the ongoing security effort, providing for democracy and rule of law, and growing the economy, all while answering to the Iraqi people, the US government, and the outside world for any mishaps along the way. In the wake of the void left by the now-gone Hussein regime, the CPA must take the reigns and chart a new direction for Iraq; but be wary—the whole world is watching.

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Chair | Anna von Spakovsky

Anna von Spakovsky is a second year from Vienna, VA and the last of three siblings to make UVA her home. She is planning to study political philosophy, policy and law and history before heading to law school. She is a staffer for the Wilson Journal of International Affairs and has experience in crisis both staffing and as a delegate. Outside of model un, she dances and choreographs in the University Dance Club, and enjoys camping and hiking with Outdoors Club. This is her first time chairing for VICS, but she’s already started perfecting the art of the gavel bang.


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Crisis Director | Samantha Signorelli

Samantha Signorelli is a second year from Newport News, Virginia. She is planning on studying political science with a concentration in American politics. She participated in Model UN throughout high school, and has been involved in both VAMUN and VICS while at UVA. Outside of IRO, she enjoys playing soccer, hiking with the Outdoors Club, petting various dogs around grounds, and watching reruns of The West Wing. She is looking forward to a great committee!