Established by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in 1983, Model Arab League (MAL) has provided both American and International students opportunities to develop superior leadership skills. Similar in structure to Model United Nations (MUN), Model Arab League focuses on the 22 member states that comprise the League of Arab States. The League of Arab States was created in February 1945 and is considered the world’s oldest regional political organization that attempts to resolve diplomatic crises and maintain peace within the region. By representing the needs, challenges, and foreign policy goals of their chosen country, students develop public speaking, analytical, problem solving, and organization skills that will aide in future civic and public leader positions. Each year, more than 2,000 students compete in MAL competitions in cities across the United States.
UA Little Rock Collegiate Model Arab League
UA Little Rock has proudly participated in Model Arab League Conferences for approximately 10 years under the direction of Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Rebecca Glazier. Since its establishment, the program has grown from 8 members to 24 members. UA Little Rock’s MAL Team has attended multiple conferences at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and at Georgetown University. In addition, UA Little Rock MAL also attended an International Model Arab League Conference in Morocco. Winning prestigious awards at regional, national, and even international conferences, UA Little Rock’s MAL Team has been consistently competitive with other large universities. Over the past two years, UA Little Rock has even taken home distinguished delegation awards from the National University Model Arab League Conference in Washington, DC, the most competitive and prestigious Model Arab League conference in the world, a true testament to the growth and strength of the program.
High School Model Arab League
UA Little Rock MAL also hosts the annual High School Model Arab League Conference. This conference has also grown tremendously from 80 students in 2011 to more than 160 students in 2019. Traveling from across Arkansas and from bordering states, our participants are the future of collegiate level Model Arab League competitions.
This past spring, the High School Model Arab League Conference occurred on Feb. 22-23, 2019 with a total of 176 students from 10 different high schools. Participants were addressed by both Chancellor Andrew Rogerson and the Imam, Dr. Mahmoud Hassan E. Hassanein, from the Islamic Center at the opening session. In addition, Mariam Bouzihay, a UA Little Rock senior psychology student from Jonesboro, discussed her fellowship experience in Qatar where she learned about the country’s culture, society, and economics, as well as government priorities, concerns, and needs as pertaining to Qatari-U.S. relations. On Saturday morning, the students worked together to respond to a crisis in the Arab world. Speaking at the closing session, Dr. Christopher Williams discussed identity, migration, and a changing Europe. Congratulations to all participants for this successful conference.
Dr. Rebecca Glazier is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public Affairs at UA Little Rock. She teaches the Model Arab League Courses and leads Student Delegations to various Regional and National Model Arab League Conferences.
She teaches a three-credit Model Arab League travel course each spring. This fall, she is leading students to the International Model Arab League Conference in Morocco.
Our Model Arab League Executive Team for the in the Fall 2019 through Spring 2020 semester include:
- President: Claire Mitchell
- Chief of Staff: Molly Edwards
- Vice President: Mariam Bouzihay
- Secretary: Sydney Brazil
- Public Relations: Landon DeKay
For more information regarding Model Arab League, contact Dr. Rebecca Glazier at email@example.com.