The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.
— Sir Edward Gray, 1914

On the eve of August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Gray confided in a friend, "the lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Edward Gray’s prediction could not be more accurate, as the implications of Britain’s declaration on the Empires of Germany and Austria-Hungary would echo through the century. The British entry into World War I, and subsequently World War II, would lead to the eventual collapse of the British Empire.

Facing possible rebellions both at home and in the colonies, the British Cabinet faces challenges domestically, in addition to continuing the war effort abroad. The British Empire must call on all of its resources, foreign and domestic, to win not only the war in France, but the war at home. The Great War has the ability to bring the British Empire to its breaking point, and might do just that if the British Cabinet must come up with ingenious and innovative ways to both win the war, and keep the peace on the home front, in addition to all the other challenges brought by total war. An Empire on the Brink will deal with the issues faced by the British Cabinet from 1914-1918, starting with the declaration of war on Germany and Austria-Hungary, to the horrific battles fought by the British Expeditionary Force such as the Battle of the Somme, and the Dardanelles Campaign, to colonial uprisings in the Empire, to Irish rebellion at home.



Brian is a senior at FIU, studying International Relations and History. He’s originally from a small town in New Jersey, but moved to Florida when he was seven. His academic interests include British and French military and political history spanning from the 1870s to the 1920s, specifically in regards to World War I and its political causes. This is Brian’s second year in Model UN and his first year directing a FIMUN committee. Feel free to email him at if you have any questions.



Leira is a senior majoring in International Relations and Political Science. She joined Model UN at FIU during Spring 2019 and has loved every second of it. Her interests include cyber security and historical accuracy. In addition to being a proud MUN delegate, she has served her FIU community as a Peer Advisor and a sister of Phi Mu… and hopefully our future homecoming queen.