Reagan's DC, 1980

Let’s Establish an Establishment

The year is 1980, and Washington is in a new era! Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party are in, and with that brings a massive change to US politics. However, some things do not change, and among them are the organizations that make up Washington establishment, such as think tanks, political journals, and lobbying groups. Some of these groups view Reagan as the best thing to happen in Washington, some view him as the worst, and some just want to dominate headlines. It will be up to delegates in committee to influence what direction the wheels in Washington turn, as well as the course of world history.

Crisis Director

Mark Thomas-Patterson

Mark is a sophomore in the Elliot School of International Affairs, where he is studying International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics. He is also double majoring in history, with a particular interest in 20th century political history and (de)colonization. He is from perhaps the best French city in the US, St. Louis. In high school, he was a recipient of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, and lived in Dresden, Germany for a year. At GWU, he is a member of the school’s Model UN Team as well as a research assistant for the political science department, both experiences which he looks forward to talking about with delegates. When not chairing committee, Mark can probably be found running or explaining whatever historical topic he has been reading about to his friends.


Eileen Cunha

Hi! My name is Eileen and I am a freshman in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences majoring in History with a concentration in Early American and 19th Century Studies. I am from Southern New Jersey and in the future hope to become a professor and historian. On campus, I am a member of the collegiate Model United Nations team, as well as the International Affairs Society. In my free time, I enjoy both reading and streaming historical fiction, as well as staffing my local Model UN conference in Hershey, PA. This summer I interned for my district’s congressman, Andy Kim. I am looking forward to the engaging debate and interesting solutions which our committee will produce!

Secretary General 


Emma Ogonoski


Director of Conference Relations

Carsyn Baxter


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