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The Tenth Communist Party Congress of Yugoslavia, 1974

In May, 1974, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia assembled in Belgrade for its tenth Party Congress since the founding of the federation in 1945. The country has embarked on a program of fundamental political reorganization, and delegates from the Peoples’ Army, Central Committee, Socialist Republics, and Autonomous Provinces have gathered to discuss the new system. Many scholars describe the reforms of 1974 as the precursor to the Yugoslav Wars, which tore the federation apart less than two decades later. For the time being, however, the storm clouds of disintegration barely loom on the horizon. In this committee, delegates will debate the changes facing Yugoslavia during this pivotal year in its history, and will outline a new path forward for the federation. Will the Congress be able to reach a consensus, or will it tear itself apart? With Tito’s death around the corner, the future of a nation rests in your hands.

Jonah Clark

Committee Director

Jonah is a Junior studying Political Science and History at Clark University. Although he will be abroad in the Czech Republic during this year’s conference, Jonah is excited to research and design this committee on behalf of his fourth ever ClarkMUN. Much like the Czech Republic, the Balkan states of the former Yugoslavia once belonged to a country which no longer exists on the map. By exploring the politics of this disappeared nation before its collapse, Jonah hopes that the bygone federation will escape obscurity and come alive once again for delegates participating in this committee.

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