Nicolae Ceaușescu's Cabinet, 1973
It is 1973 and…
The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries has reduced oil production and announced an embargo on petroleum exports to the United States and a number of other Western countries in retaliation for their support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. With oil prices reaching unprecedented heights and with Romania’s notable existing petroleum industry, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu formulates a bold plan to develop the country into Europe’s leader in petroleum refining.
In this committee, delegates will experience the roles of Romanian military advisors, scientists and communist figures as well as members of Ceaușescu's family while the dictator’s plan unfolds. Crisis updates will create obstacles which cabinet members will have to collectively address and overcome while remaining on good terms with Ceaușescu. This committee will offer delegates the opportunity to experience the politics of a unique regime amongst the communist states of the Cold War era through the lens of one of the defining global economic crises of the mid to late 20th century.