Special Study Visit Opportunities for Model Arab League Alumni

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to offer students and faculty members who have taken part in the Model Arab League program unique opportunities to travel to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this fall and winter.

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Qatar Exchange Fellowship

Tentative study visit dates: November 28 – December 6, 2014

Application deadline: September 26, 2014

Learn more and access applications: http://ncusar.org/modelarableague/other-ncusar-student-program/qatar-exchange-fellowship/

Saudi Arabia Exchange Fellowship

Tentative study visit dates: December 26, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Application deadline: September 23, 2014

Learn more and access applications: http://ncusar.org/modelarableague/other-ncusar-student-program/saudi-arabia-exchange-fellowship/

Applicants must have previously participated in the Model Arab League program as a student delegate or a faculty adviser to apply for these fellowships. Both programs are considered expenses-paid – this includes international round-trip airfare from Washington, DC to the host country; visa application fee; and all in-country programming, accommodations, transportation, and meals. Fellows are required to cover their own expenses to travel to Washington, DC for the pre-departure orientation and home after the conclusion of the study visit portion of the program. All participants must hold a U.S. Passport that will not expire before July 2015.

Contact Josh Hilbrand (josh@ncusar.org or 202-293-6466) at the National Council if you have any questions.

2014 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Pictures

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 2014 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program brought 25 undergraduate and graduate students to the nation’s capital for a unique ten-week professional, academic, and career exploration opportunity. As always, the program featured a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. Interns were placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, where they worked full-time under the direct supervision of their host organizations. Interns also took part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. Additionally, interns received a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Some pictures from the 2014 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program are available below.

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Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok: Implications for Arab and U.S. Interests and Policies

On August 20, 2014, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee hosted a public affairs briefing on “Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok: Implications for Arab and U.S. Interests and Policies” in Washington, DC. Featured specialists included Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie, Former Ambassador of Iraq to the United States (2006-2011) and Former Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (2004-2006); Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, and Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies to Syria; Dr. Imad Harb, Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Dr. Thomas Mattair, Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council; Mr. Matthew A. Reynolds, North America Representative, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and Mr. Joshua Yaphe, Arabian Peninsula Analyst, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, served as moderator.

A video recording and a podcast of the program are available below. The podcast can also be found in iTunes along with recordings of other National Council programs: http://bit.ly/itunes-ncusar.

“Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok” podcast (.mp3)

NCUSAR Launches New High School Model Arab League in Chicago

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Model Arab League helps prepare students to be knowledgeable, well-trained, and effective citizens as well as civic and public affairs leaders.

Chicagoland high school students are invited to participate in the 2014 Chicago High School Model Arab League, an academic, diplomatic simulation of the League of Arab States. The conference will be held at DePaul University, October 31 – November 1, 2014.

Each academic year over 2,000 students participate in Model Arab Leagues across the United States and the world. Through participation in the Model Arab League program students develop essential skills from leadership and public speaking to critical thinking and writing, all while also gaining practical, immediate knowledge about a critical region — the Middle East and the Arab world.

Forming a team for a Model Arab League conference is simple! Any size group of students may form a team and register online to receive a country assignment. Your team will then research its country’s policies on the most important issues facing the Arab world and Middle East today. Finally, you will practice the rules of debate found in the MAL Handbook before attending the conference over the weekend.

Find conference details, country assignments, and more on the Model Arab League website.

Want to Learn More & Get Involved???

Contact Josh Hilbrand, Deputy Director of Student Programs at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, at 202-293-6466 or via email at josh@ncusar.org, to find out how to take part in the program.

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Upcoming Event: “Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok” – August 20 in Washington, DC

On August 20, 2014, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee are hosting a public affairs briefing on “Dynamics of Regional Crises Run Amok: Implications for Arab and U.S. Interests and Policies.” Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, will serve as moderator. Featured specialists include Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie, Former Ambassador of Iraq to the United States (2006-2011) and Former Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations (2004-2006); Professor David Des Roches, Senior Military Fellow, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University and Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies to Syria; Dr. Imad Harb, Distinguished International Affairs Fellow, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Dr. Thomas Mattair, Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council; Mr. Matthew A. Reynolds, North America Representative, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and Mr. Joshua Yaphe, Arabian Peninsula Analyst, U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research .

DATE & TIME:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Refreshments / Networking
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Remarks / Q&A

LOCATION:

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
First Floor Conference Room
1875 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

REGISTRATION:

The event is free but R.S.V.P. (acceptances only) via email to rsvp@ncusar.org is required.

Please note: seating capacity is limited. Include the following information when you R.S.V.P.:
Name:
Company:
Title:
Phone:
Email:

If you have any questions you can call the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at (202) 293-6466.

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2014 Summer Intern Model Arab League Pictures

The 2014 Summer Intern Model Arab League, held July 12 in Washington, DC, brought together 42 students (33 of them first-time MAL participants) for an intensive, one-day introduction to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ flagship student leadership development program. Through participation in Model Arab League (MAL) 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. During the upcoming 2014-15 academic year the National Council will hold 22 MALs for high school and collegiate students throughout the United States. Some pictures from the 2014 Summer Intern Model are available below.

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Council Chronicle Vol. 7, No. 4 (2013) Now Available

apc-300x200The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is pleased to provide the twenty-third edition of the Council Chronicle, the Council’s periodic newsletter. The Chronicle seeks to keep the Council’s alumni, donors, and other supporters informed and updated. One among other efforts to do so on an ongoing basis is achieved by presenting highlights and special reports on the Council’s programs, events, and activities. For new readers interested in learning more about the Council’s vision and mission, together with the ways and means it utilizes to pursue both objectives, please visit the Council’s website at ncusar.org.

ACCESS Council Chronicle Vol. 7, No. 4 (.pdf)

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