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Michael Bruce

Michael Bruce is a rising junior at Harvard College studying English with a secondary in Economics. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but moved to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Model United Nations has been a staple of Michael’s life since he was coerced by his best friend to "double del" an ILO committee in high school. Six years later, Michael has only dug deeper roots into Model United Nations with over 25 conferences attended as a delegate and 7 conferences as a staffer, including serving as the Under-Secretary-General of Specialized Agencies at HNMUN-LA’s sister conference, HNMUN. Outside of Model UN, Michael is an aspiring poet (no such thing as bad poetry), Fantasy Football Guru, and consummate slacker.

Topic: Cabinet of Raúl Alfonsín

Following the decline of the military dictatorship that came to power in 1976, in 1983, Argentina held its first democratic election, choosing president Raúl Alfonsín and his cabinet members to rebuild a nation that had been subjected to a myriad of internal and external issues. For the past decade, state-sponsored terrorism by the neoliberal “Juntas” has led to 30,000 forced disappearances and murders as political dissidents were purged in a violent era known as the “Dirty War”. This military government infringed upon habeas corpus and other civil rights to maintain a hegemony of political and economic thought. Left-wing militant guerrilla groups actively resisted these measures and contributed to a civil war that dragged on for seven years. Even sacred institutions, such as the Catholic Church, were accused of siding with the despotic regime of La Junta. In addition to domestic issues, foreign actors, such as the United States, not only tolerated, but also actively supported these tyrannical regimes to expand their influence in the region. Even the shadow of war haunts Argentina. The year prior, Argentina was a belligerent in a lost war against Great Britain over the Falkland Islands, known as the “Falklands War”, and must soon make way for reparations. Although the “Junta” may be formally dissolved, fear remains that another military coup could regain power and doom Argentina to more instability and bloodshed. Therefore, it is the job of the Cabinet of Raúl Alfonsín to establish stability, affirm democracy, and revive hope, so that the painful history of La Junta remains solely as a regretful past and not as a taste of the future.