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Middle Eastern Studies Faculty Member Has New Book Published

March 27, 2014 - Dr. Clea Hupp, Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies faculty member, recently had her latest book published by I.B. Tauris. It is entitled “The United States and Jordan: Middle East Diplomacy during the Cold War,” it puts a focus on US policy in Jordan from the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 to 1970 and the run up to ‘Black September.’ Dr. Hupp’s book is available for purchase on Amazon. For more information, click here.

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Model Arab League club travels to D.C.

March 27, 2014 – Washington, D.C. - Ninteen UALR students participated in this year’s annual National University Model Arab League Conference held at Georgetown University. Students represented the country of Iraq during simulations of various committees of a simulation of the League of Arab States.
Before the start of the conference, students were received by the Iraqi Embassy and were able to meet with the Iraqi ambassador to the United States to discuss current events.

Iraqi ambassador
The conference, which was hosted by the National Council on US-Arab Relations, also featured some distinguished speakers, including Prince Abdul Aziz bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.

Abdul Aziz
This was the fourth year that UALR students participated in this conference. The International Simulations Association regularly competes in Model United Nations and Model Arab League conferences throughout the school year, as well as hosting a conference at UALR for local high and regional high schools.
For more information, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Rebecca Glazier at or at 501-569-3331.

Middle Eastern Studies professor represents program in Saudi Arabia

January 6, 2013 - Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Dr. Clea Hupp, Assistant Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies faculty member, attended the first academic conference of Saudi Scientific Chairs and Centers. Other attendees were from Middle East and Islamic Studies programs at University of Southern California, Harvard, Cambridge, University of Bologna, University of London, Moscow University and King Saud University. While there, Dr. Hupp was greeted by the Minister of Higher Education and received an audience with Prince Salman bin Abdullaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. As a part of the conference, Dr. Bunch delivered a presentation on the work of our Middle East Studies program. As only one of two foreign women in attendance, she had the unique opportunity to meet with women faculty at King Saud University and within the Ministry of Higher Education. The primary focus of the conference was improving communication between our countries and engaging in faculty and student exchanges.

Photos courtesy of Clea Bunch

Updated 7.24.2014