Dober Dan delegates, and welcome to Slovenia. It is 1990. You have taken power on the eve of Slovenia’s independence. You are a member of Slovenia’s first democratically elected government under Prime Minister Lozje Peterle. The governing coalition of this new government, known as the Democratic Opposition of Slovenia (or DEMOS, for short), is a collection of parties opposing the Communism and supporting an independent Slovenian state. The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, of which Slovenia is a part, looks poised to split up. The Slovene Spring, a youth-led political and cultural movement for democracy and reform, has been gaining steam. As members of Peterle's cabinet, you will have to contend with issues such as: the declaration of independence from Yugoslavia; the wars of independence fought between the JNA and the various separatist national forces in Slovenia, and later Croatia and Bosnia; border disputes with Italy and Croatia; the restitution of formerly state-owned property after the disbanding of the Communist economy; membership in the EU and NATO; and internal political struggles that threaten to destabilize DEMOS as a coalition.
Alex Sutton is a proud Slovene majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. He serves as Senate President of the FIU Student Government, and is FIU MUN’s resident frat boy, as a proud brother of Theta Chi Fraternity. He served as one of the team’s Head Delegates last year, and is really good at Model UN but only ok at speaking Slovenian, even though he lived in Ljubljana for 6 months in 2017. Last year, he was the Chair and Director of the Specialized committee on the First Esperanto World Congress. A Miami-native, both of his maternal grandparents were born in Slovenia, which at the time was a Socialist Republic in Yugoslavia. Alex is a proud Panther Nationalist and is overjoyed to welcome delegates to FIU. His academic interests include the intersection of political theory and postmodern philosophy, the geopolitics of the Antarctic, and democratic institution building and reform. After graduating in 2024, Alex hopes to pursue a JD and start his career in International Law. He can’t wait to meet everyone and hopes that navigating the breakup of Yugoslavia and the establishment of democracy in Slovenia is riveting for all involved.
Desiree Dawson is a freshman studying International Relations with a certificate in Global Black Studies at Florida International University. She joined the FIU Model UN team in the fall of 2022, having never done Model UN before. Desiree's academic interests align with the African Diaspora and the religious and cultural influence that has spread around the world. She aspires to study human rights violations and policies and enjoys discussing the philosophical aspects of these issues. She spends her free time reading, watching tik toks, and hanging out with her friends. One of her favorite books is Mexican Gothic and after reading the 4th installment of the Hunger Games series she can’t wait for the movie adaption of The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes. Desiree is thrilled to be chairing this committee, and she can't wait to see what fascinating details delegates bring to the conference.