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CRISIS COMMITTEE

COCONUT REVOLUTION: BOUGAINVILLE CIVIL WAR

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION

"Peace, Unity, Prosperity"

In 1988, one of the largest conflicts in the Pacific since World War II took place on Bougainville Island. This event, starting as a simple clash over the Panguna mine in East Papua, would see the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) and other secessionist forces revolt against the government for independence. These were not your common of civil unrest. They were organized independence fighters lead by the island’s massive indigenous population, striving to protect their native lands from foreign influence and invasion. To solve this conflict, the democratically elected Government of Papua New Guinea and the Bougainville Interim Government will have to coordinate their efforts to de-escalate violence, while also discussing the future of the Bougainvillean people. Will independence be granted to the island? If not, are there any alternatives that could please both sides? Only time, and the delegates, will tell.

Committee email: bougainville@cg-aa.org

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SIMON GUEVARA-PONCE

CHAIR

Concordia University, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science

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NOAH LEVE

ASSISTANT CHAIR

Dawson College, Faculty of Creative & Applied Arts

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JONAH GUEZ

CRISIS DIRECTOR

Concordia University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

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ARWEN LOW

ASSISTANT CRISIS DIRECTOR

Dawson College, Faculty of Social Science