Meet your Director, Brendan Hogan!

Brendan is a sophomore at UConn double majoring in Political Science and Psychology (B.A.). Although this will be his first year on the UConn Model UN team, he has also spent four years participating in Model UN on his high school’s team. Besides participating in UCMUN, he loves to shoot for Humans of UConn and enjoys spending his Spring break with HASB, an alternative UConn Spring break group, working alongside Habitat for Humanity. In his free time, he loves to spend time traveling both across the nation and internationally, hiking, and relaxing in his hammock. Feel free to reach out to him at brendan.hogan@uconn.edu.


Meet your Topic Specialist, Gino De Angelis!

Gino is a junior journalism and political science major. This is his second UCMUN conference, having served as the administrative assistant director for WFP last year. Outside of UCMUN, he is a member of UCTV’s entertainment department and wrote for the Daily Campus when he was a student at UConn’s Avery Point campus. He likes to spend his free time reading, watching Netflix, and hanging out with his friends. In the future, he hopes to become a political reporter. He looks forward to helping make this year’s conference a great one! If delegates have any questions, they can contact Gino at gino.de_angelis@uconn.edu.

Topic A: The Prevention of Homegrown Terrorists and Attacks

While modern terrorism arguably began with the Al-Qaeda led attack on America’s World Trade Center in New York City and its military headquarters at the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia on September 11th 2001, it no longer follows that same formula. In the September 11th attacks, operatives from a foreign land infiltrated the United States and authored the attack. Today, terrorist attacks are often conducted by people who are already residents of the country in which they attack. These individuals are often times radicalized at home via internet recruiting from foreign based terrorist organizations. Such attacks have been more prevalent in the last decade with attacks in the United States as well as the United Kingdom leading to the deaths of hundreds of citizens. The CTC is tasked with helping states to prevent such activities from continuing.

Topic B: The Prevention and Response to CyberTerrorism

Society today has become ever more reliant on the use of the internet and internet connected devices. While these devices have the ability to make lives easier and more connected, they come with their own set of inherent risks. As people use their internet connected devices for activities such as banking, and making credit card purchases, hackers and terrorist groups have more opportunity to acquire your information and use it to finance their operations. Another  risk comes as more and more national governments move to conducting business relating to security and domestic operations such as power grids online. Attempts to access these resources may leave a state vulnerable to attack from domestic or foreign groups. The CTC is tasked with helping states defend themselves from such attacks.