The Breakup of Yugoslavia


Yugoslavia, a socialist federation of republics in southeastern Europe, was born out of a noble ideal: promoting unity among the south Slavs, a people whose commonalities were as numerous as their differences. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Josip Broz Tito, post-World War II Yugoslavia seemed to flourish. It boasted high living standards, an open society in which citizens were free to travel to the west, and an apparent resolution of questions of national identity. However, the state of the federation hung in a precarious balance with disintegration looming.

The year is 1991. Eleven years after the death of Prime Minister Tito, tensions in Yugoslavia have come to a head. Conflicts are flaring between the region’s many ethnic and religious groups, nationalism is on the rise, and republics have begun to seek independence. As heads of state and leaders of movements, you must address these conflicts as you navigate governance and unity in a rapidly changing nation.




Sara Bartol is a first-year student at Mount Holyoke. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, and although she loves living in Massachusetts, she will talk excessively about the Midwest to anybody who is willing to listen. She plans to double major in Sociology and Russian and Eurasian Studies, and she is particularly interested in the roles social interaction, groups, and identities play in political participation. This is her first year participating in Model United Nations, which she joined to fill a speech-and-debate-shaped hole in her heart.When Sara isn’t busy with classes or Model UN, you can find her rollerblading, trying to teach herself languages, drinking a London Fog, or watching anything from old Soviet films to the Great British Bake-Off. If you see her around at the conference, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation! She loves meeting new people, and is especially excited to see what all the amazing delegates bring to the table at this year’s conference.