Cairo International (CIMAL)


November 17-21, 2015

American University in Cairo – New Cairo Campus
Cairo, Egypt


Local Coordinators National Council Representative
Maha AbdelAzim Zach Hrynowski
Secretary-General Director of Student Programs National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Mahmoud Khattab (
Dynamic Public Relations Head 202-293-6466


The Cairo International Model Arab League takes place every fall and is currently the largest student-run conference at AUC. It was held for the first time in 1990, during the period leading up to the Gulf war. The program aims to make students familiar with the activities of the League of Arab States and helps them develop an understanding of the regional and international factors that affect the determination of Arab foreign policy. CIMAL is a valuable venue for intercultural exchange among youth interested in Arab affairs.

CIMAL is one of the largest student-run conferences in the Middle East. For the past 25 years, CIMAL has been a platform for providing a critical understanding of Middle Eastern affairs. Its goal is to develop our delegates’ analytical thinking, debate skills, and hands-on application of foreign policy. 

Aside from the CIMAL conference which has hosted many international delegations, CIMAL also annually hosts a conference for high school students which is also open for international participants, and a conference for students from orphanages. CIMAL also has its own Awareness and Development programs which operate on and off campus. 

The 2015 CIMAL will feature a grand Opening Ceremony on November 17th, followed by four days of debate. Two crises are developed and discussed over this four-day period, with each crisis typically lasting for two days’ time. A Closing Ceremony will follow the last debate session, on November 21st.

Council Chair Location
Joint Defense Council
Arab Economic and Social Affairs Council
Council on Israeli Affairs (simulation of Israeli Knesset)
Council on Historic Events (simulation of an event in Arab history)
Council on Criminal Affairs (fictitious council that examines crime in the Middle East)

Student Leadership Development Program from the National Council on US-Arab Relations