Model Arab League

Every year, the Center for the Study of the Middle East sponsors a group of Indiana University Bloomington students to compete at the Ohio Valley Model Arab League (MAL) competition, hosted by the Miami University of Ohio.

The annual event is sponsored by the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. Through participation in this program, students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world, and the arts of diplomacy and public speech.

MAL helps prepare students to be knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs leaders. As the National Council's mission is educational, universities and high schools from across the United States are welcome to participate.

Our first year competing at the NCUSAR Ohio Valley Model Arab League at Miami University of Ohio was in 2013. Representing Indiana University and CSME, our team received the Outstanding Delegation Award (the best award a delegation can receive). Each year, we have sought to expand, grow, and capitalize our resources and capabilities. Not only does this opportunity offer both undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University political, cultural, and diplomatic experience, but also it gives our students the ability to collaborate with other participants from all over the Ohio Valley region and explore the charming college-town of Oxford, Ohio. There is also an abundance of ways to take leadership positions with the program here at Indiana University.

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Model Arab League posing in front of Miami University sign
Model Arab League students all holding awards
Model Arab League student gathering at table