If at First You Don't Succeed

The Cabinet of Fernando Belaúnde, 1980

In a time of turmoil, terrorism, and uncertainty in the Republic of Peru, Fernando Belaúnde Terry and his cabinet were a beacon of hope for the Peruvian people. However, after a military dictatorship was installed in the country, he was exiled and spent the next decade in the United States. Now, in the time that his country most needs him, Belaúnde is back.

Belaúnde is determined to get things right the second time around, bringing his democratic ideals into the government while fixing what he allowed to break. With desperately needed economic reform, a communist terrorist group making threats, and war in Latin America on the horizon, Belaúnde is going to need all the help he can get.

Delegates will be joining Belaúnde’s presidential cabinet at the dawn of his reelection in 1980 and be tasked with reforming the country. Hopefully, Belaúnde can change the course of Peru for the better this time.


callaway rogers


 Callaway is a second year in the College who is double majoring in Economics and Political Science. He was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and one of his biggest regrets about attending college in the North is leaving behind the heavenly fried chicken and barbecue that he loves so much.

He was an Assistant Chair for Twilight of the Tokugawa Shogunate in Chomun XXII, and he is excited to Chair for the Cabinet of Bealúnde Terry 1980.

Outside of Model UN, Callaway enjoys following the St. Louis Cardinals, wishing he had time to sleep, and occasionally daydreaming about how he will one day finish reading Infinite Jest.

Feel free to reach out to him with questions, comments, and anything that is just generally amusing at jcrogers@uchicago.edu.

alex magdits

Crisis Director

 Alex is a second year at the University of Chicago from Washington DC (actually Northern Virginia, but DC is objectively better). She plans to double major in political science and economics, and if it were possible to fit it into her busy schedule, she’d be minoring in French.

Alex hopes to pursue a career in international relations and diplomacy, focusing on Latin American development and culture. Since her family is originally Peruvian, Alex hopes to use this opportunity to share Peruvian history and culture with all the delegates through this committee.

Outside of MUN, one can find Alex skiing and ice skating, despite the fact that she can’t stand cold weather, and ballroom dancing. If not, she’ll be found reading, writing, or watching more Netflix than she has time to watch.

At ChoMUN XXI, Alex was an AC for Las Mariposas, and is returning for ChoMUN XXII to CD Fernando Belaunde’s Cabinet. She is excited to make ChoMUN XXII a great experience for delegates through her committee.

If you have any questions about the committee or anything else, please feel free to reach out to Alex amagdits@uchicago.edu


rocio pacheco

Crisis Director

 Rocio is a second year in the College majoring in computer science, with a possible double-major or minor in psychology. She hails from the border town of McAllen, Texas and will be more than happy to let you know what constitutes as “real” Mexican food.

After staffing the French Popular Front committee at ChoMUN XXI, Rocio is thrilled to be a crisis director in her second year of ChoMUN and learn more about Peruvian history in the process.

When she’s not busy planning for conference or lamenting the loss of her sweet 70°F winters, Rocio can be found reading, writing stories, or simply hanging out in the house lounge.

If you have any questions about the committee, please feel free to reach out to Rocio at rociopacheco@uchicago.edu