Historical Security Council


Topic Summary

Topic: The Situation in the First Chechen War; The Situation of the Nepali Maoist Insurgency

The Historic Security Council is set in 1996, a year of rampant conflict across distinct regions of the world. The first agenda item is the First Chechen War, which was fought from December 1994 to August 1996, when a ceasefire was finally signed. The Chechen Republic of Ichkeria rebelled against the Russian Federation, which in turn tried to gain control of Chechen mountainous regions. Despite militaristic advantages, Russia failed to do so and ultimately signed a ceasefire due to significant opposition from the Russian populace at large. This committee will return to August 1996 to possibly change the course of this ceasefire.

The second agenda item is the Nepali Maoist Insurgency (1996-2006), a rebellion of the Maoist (Communist Party of Nepal) against the government of Nepal. This began in February 1996 with the motive of overthrowing the monarchy and establishing a republic. The conflict was violent, with frequent lynching, massacres, and humanitarian crimes. This committee will intervene towards the beginning of the conflict, which is interestingly different to the near-end stage at which we deal with the Chechen War.

Director’s Letter

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Historical Security Council! My name is Prasidh Chhabria , and I can’t wait to meet and work with you all as the Committee’s 2020 HMUN director.

I am a sophomore in Eliot House studying Applied Mathematics and Chemistry. Inside and outside the classroom, I am deeply invested in problems in science, technology, healthcare, and policy; this inspires my involvement in research and community engagement projects. You can also find me dancing with Harvard Bhangra or playing Romantic era/impressionist music on the piano.

Having attended high school in India, I've seen the power of HMUN first-hand as thousands of students my age eagerly share stories about how the conference entirely transformed their view of international relations or inspired them to solve large-scale social problems. Harvard is as incredibly empowered to drive change as it is intellectually vibrant, and there's no better way to expose high school students to this culture of critical study and problem-solving than through a conference envisioned and run passionately by Harvard undergraduates.

Come prepared with research, but more importantly, be open-minded. The diversity of perspectives you will be exposed to is simply unparalleled - you've got to witness it to believe it. Be prepared to have your perspectives changed - or at the very least, challenged.


Prasidh Chhabria

Director, Historical Security Council

Harvard Model United Nations 2020