JCC Spanish Civil War: Republicans

Committee Information

Title: JCC Spanish Civil War: Republicans

Organ: Crisis Committees

Chair: Leah Sprague

Crisis Director: Shravan Balaji

Committee Summary:

The 1936 pronunciamiento released by the Spanish Republican Armed Forces has undermined the authority of the Republican government, launching our country on a crash course with civil war. Only time will tell how the inevitable conflict between the Republican government and Nationalist rebels will end...

Background Guide


Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

I am extremely excited to welcome you to ILMUNC India and the Spanish Civil War crisis committee. I cannot wait to meet all of you and help make this the best ILMUNC India conference to date.

I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, double majoring in Public Health and Nutrition. I’m most recently from Seattle, but I have also lived in Mountain View, California and Beijing. I loved being a Model UN delegate in high school, and I am excited to work at the conference on the other side. This year, I am also the Chief of Operations for ILMUNC in Philadelphia. Outside of Model UN, I am a photographer and the Creative Director for Penn Appétit, Penn’s food magazine.

Again, I can’t wait to work with you all during conference. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Chief of Staff, Elena Zhou, and she can get in contact with me.

Get excited for the best conference yet!

Leah Sprague
Chair, JCC Spanish Civil War: Republicans

Letter from the Crisis Director

Dear Delegates,

Along with my chairs Leah Sprague and Nick Strauch, I could not be more excited to crisis direct this committee. My personal adaptation of a topic I studied expensively while I studied in Spain, the Spanish Civil War will push you to think about modern warfare and diplomacy like never before. With emphasis on substance, creativity, and tactical negotiation, we hope to give you a unique experience at this unique ILMUNC India.

Now, let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m currently a sophomore in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business studying at both Wharton and the College with a minor in Spanish. Born in Flushing, Queens, I still consider myself at least partially a New Yorker despite spending the last 15 years in East Brunswick, New Jersey, where I’ve been involved in Model UN and international relations related activities since my freshman year of high school. I’m a huge sports fan (Yankees, Giants, Knicks, Rangers), so if you want to make fun of my current misery I encourage you to do so with some caution. I am of Indian origin as well! My mom and dad both hail from Tamil Nadu, though I have had family reside in Delhi as well. This will be my first time at ILMUNC India. At Penn, I’m still heavily involved in Model UN by not only serving as a CD for ILMUNC, but also competing on Intercol, Penn’s travel MUN team, where I serve as the Head Delegate.

This committee will challenge you beyond your boundaries, make you negotiate like you’ve never negotiated before, think about crisis like you’ve never thought about crisis, and most importantly, make Model UN great again. With Nick and Leah, I aim to make sure you have a fantastic Model UN experience at ILMUNC India. Should you have any questions, feel free to email me at balajish@wharton.upenn.edu.

Shravan Balaji
Crisis Director, JCC Spanish Civil War: Republicans