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Thomas Sankara and the Burkinabe Revolution of 1986-7

Source: Sophie Cohen

The rise of Africa’s new revolutionary, Thomas Sankara, has the postcolonial world nervously looking around their shoulders. While the world was occupied in Cuba and their missile threats of the early Cold War, the forgotten crisis of Burkina Faso was a key marker of Cold War tensions in the 1980s and the complex new needs facing postcolonial countries following decolonization. The cabinets will be split according to the newest leaders of African republics, many of whom rose to military dominance through coups, just like Sankara. However, Africa’s newest “Lion King”-like revolutionary has his comrades nervous, especially ones who are uncomfortable with the idea of painting Burkina Faso with a Marxist red (namely Burkina Faso’s Francophone Western and Central African neighbors). On the other hand, you will have Sankara’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, which will be focused on the national reconstruction and development of Burkina Faso. Can Sankara’s national revolution persist during a time of heightened regional tensions? Or will the West and their military allies in Central and Western Africa successfully install a new leader of Burkina Faso?

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Saran (they/he) is an MSc Human Rights and Politics candidate at LSE and the Crisis Director of the Thomas Sankara JCC. They completed their undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley in history, and concentrated on the history of human rights as it applies to genocide, memory and healing. They have been involved in Model UN for 9 years, mainly running conferences, chairing committees, and teaching students in the MUN circuit. They hope you have a wonderful conference experience this year and hope you all make the most out of directives and center them on forgotten crises in global narratives. Saran enjoys making coffee and boba in their free time and curates Spotify playlists for fun.

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Crisis Of The Sinking Of Kiribati: The Maneaba ni Maungatabu

Source: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

“As the people of Kiribati reflect on the frightening future ahead, there is no escaping the deep injustice that despite its negligible contributions to greenhouse gas emissions, this island nation will be the first to pay the price for other countries’ bad choices.” - Anote Tong, former president of the Republic of Kiribati


Kiribati is a Pacific Island Nation with an average elevation of 2 metres above sea level. It located in the heart of pacific, and being directly west of the International Date Line it is the first to experience the dawn of a new day. Through no fault of their own, Kiribati’s 120 000 people will soon have to make hard choices on how to move forward into the future. It is on the UN’s list of Least Developed Countries and is among the environmentally most fragile countries in the world. Climate change and rising sea levels swallow up homes, and ruin farmland, and with 95.2% of the population living in low-lying coastal areas. Its people may, unfortunately, be among the first environmental refugees, and the republic is facing annihilation as it is slowly inundated by seawater. 2 of its islands have already been completely flooded and no longer exist. 


You will represent a member of Kiribati’s Legislature, the Manaeba ni Maungatabu, and engage in electoral politics and international diplomacy in a bid to find a solution to the imminent crisis, all while facing severe economic and diplomatic constraints. As such, the future of Kiribati and its people lie in your hands.

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Mackenzie is a second-year PPE student at University College, University of Oxford. He is a Malaysian National who studied in Singapore for four years before university, where he was introduced to Model UN. As a result, in LSEMUN 2022 he seeks to bring to the UK crisis circuit the best practices from Singapore and Malaysia, and hopes to deliver a novel, immersive, and fun crisis simulation. To Mackenzie, crisis is the 'separate but better' half of MUN and he is eager to prove it in LSEMUN 2022, with a focus on realism, frontroom, and immersion.


He is currently suffering withdrawal symptoms from Prosperous Universe, an economics MMO; and is eagerly awaiting the release of Victoria 3 to replace it and destroy his academic performance next year. Feel free to talk to him about Stellaris or other paradox titles. If not nerdy simulation games, you can talk to him about cats & other furry animals; taco trucks on every street corner, a price on carbon and occupational licensing reform.