UND to host Model Arab League Conference on Oct. 23-25

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The University of North Dakota will host a Model Arab League (MAL) Conference on Oct. 23-25. The two-and-a-half-day simulation of the Arab League consists of students representing Arab League member countries, drafting resolutions and building coalitions to respond to international crises.

Teams from UND, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University and Mount Mary University (Wisconsin) will participate in the event, which is being coordinated by the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS), in conjunction with Pi Sigma Alpha and the Public Affairs Club, according to UND Political Scientist Brian Urlacher, one of the organizers and a co-director of CHRGS.

The MAL Conference is receiving support from the CHRGS, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Student Organization Funding Agency (SOFA).

Last November, UND hosted a Model United Nations Conference — the first event of its kind at UND. Fifty students from UND, NDSU and the University of Manitoba participated in the event, which simulated the Maidan Protests of 2013-2014 in Ukraine.

About MAL:

Model Arab League was established in 1983 by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, with a design similar to Model UN, but focusing only on the 22 member states of the Arab League. More than 2,000 students participate in MAL events each year, where they have the opportunity to gain leadership skills and learn about international issues.