The Cabinet of Rafael Trujillo, 1937


Ever since its colonization, the island of the Hispaniola had been plagued with violent governmental overthrows, frequent political transitions, and highly fluctuating economic situations. However, arguably the most destabilizing force for Hispaniola was the deep-rooted tension between Dominican Republic and Haiti that was catalyzed by the rule of Rafael Trujillo. In 1930, General Rafael Trujillo Molina launched a military revolt against the current president of the Dominican Republic and established a personal dictatorship that was considered favorable by the Dominican people. In response to decreasing popularity and economic turmoil, Trujillo led the mass execution of 20,000 Haitians from the Dominican side of the in a 5-day period known as the Parsley Massacre, spawning several decades of cultural conflict, economic mistrust, and racial tensions between the two nations.

This crisis committee will take place in the aftermath of the Parsley Massacre, as Trujillo’s cabinet of close advisors determine how to stabilize relations with Haiti, ensure the consolidation of power under Trujillo, deal with a failing economy, respond to the demands of the United States and protect Dominican cultural identity. Trujillo's advisory body of ministers, ambassadors, economic leaders, prominent religious figures, and media agents must garner their resources to determine their place in the international domain and preserve the power of their nation and the dictator himself. However, developing a strategy for preserving peace and security on the island will be no easy feat; delegates should expect fast-paced, multifaceted crises, discussion of complex, sensitive themes, and endlessly evolving alliances.