On September 11, 2001, al Qaeda (AQ) operatives coordinated four terrorist attacks on the United States, killing three thousand people, injuring thousands more, and dealing trillions of dollars of losses. The U.S. government responded by invading Afghanistan and launching a global campaign against terrorism, extending across all reaches of the world. Central to this campaign was the AfPak front. In Afghanistan, the Taliban government had allowed AQ to maintain safe havens, and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA), AQ was pervasive. With the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan porous and artificial, cross-national networks of militants, and al Qaeda’s possession of strongholds in both countries, counterterror and counterinsurgency campaigns in both countries were closely interconnected. Within this context, the ISI committee will have to coordinate operations with the Pakistani military, leverage CIA interests toward its own favor, and see to it that the objectives of the Pakistani government are carried out in Afghanistan and at home, all while contending with militancy in the FATA and separatism in its Balochistan Province.
Centered in Islamabad, Pakistan and starting in the beginning of 2003, this joint-crisis committee is based on efforts by the CIA AfPak Operations Group and the ISI amidst the Global War on Terror. Coming into this committee, both the CIA and ISI have very distinct agendas and converge from different angles. Unlike most joint-crisis committees, however, these two committees are not diametrically opposed; it is in both of their interests to coordinate with each other on certain fronts. This rigorous, fast paced JCC will confront the often unsteady relationship between the CIA and the ISI, the role of the Taliban in the region, and the predominance of terrorism and its changing faces in 21st century South Asia.
Ryan Wolfe is a second year hailing from Richmond, Virginia hoping to study History and Public Policy. Ryan has been doing Model UN for four years, and has been a consistent member of UVA’s Model UN travel team. Besides MUN, Ryan is involved in a litany of activities on Grounds, including UVA’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and the Washington Literary and Debating Society. This will be Ryan’s first time chairing for a Joint Crisis Committee and he is super excited to moderate the ISI committee for VICS. Go Hoos!
Liam Kraft is a third year from New Fairfield, Connecticut, majoring in Foreign Affairs and Economics, with a minor in History. Liam is actively involved with the International Relations Organization (IRO) at UVA, having served as Head Delegate for UVA’s travel team last year and crisis directing for VICS the last two years. Last year at VICS XXI, Liam was Crisis Director for the Governorship of Jamaica, 1670 (aka “that pirate committee”). Outside of homework and his involvement in IRO, Liam can be found eating, playing various racquet sports, and listening to film scores. Liam has a particular interest in South/Central Asia and cannot wait to orchestrate some organized chaos for delegates again at VICS XXII!