Research Resources


  1. Agenda Background Guides

  2. General Online Resources

  3. Textbook suggestion: The Model Arab League Manual

  4. Arab League Multilateral Treaties

  5. Country-Specific Resources



Provisional Agenda Background Guides


Background Guides are available to provide an introduction to the topics in the Provisional Agenda and suggest resources for further research. Model Arab League background guides are prepared by the Student Secretariat of the National University Model Arab League.



General Online Resources


Arab League Charter

Yale Avalon Project – The Middle East 1916-2001: A Documentary Record

Al Jazeera Middle East

Middle East Policy Council

Middle East Institute

NCUSAR Publications

POMED: Weekly Wire Email Updates (Eng. or Arabic)

BBC News Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook

Middle East Research and Information Project

UN News Centre – Middle East

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Atlantic Council – Hariri Middle East Center

Brookings Institute – Saban Center for Middle East Policy

Council on Foreign Relations

Arab News


Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) Middle East

Doha Institute Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

The Soufan Group

Library of Congress Country Studies

Nation Master

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Bank E-Library MENA

US Department of State: Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs

Bureau of African Affairs

UPenn African Studies

 BBC Timeline of the Arab League

Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in the Arab World



Textbook suggestion: The Model Arab League Manual by Drs. Philip A. D’Agati and Holly Jordan >>

A guide to the program from two experienced alumni. Tips and ideas on topics including research, procedure, and maximizing the educational value of the experience.



Arab League Multilateral Treaties


List of Notable UN Treaties(.pdf)

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (New York, 25 May 2000)(.pdf)

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (18 December 1990)

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (New York, 25 May 2000)(.pdf)

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (6 October 1999)(.pdf)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and cultural rights (1966)(.pdf)

International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (1966)

Convention the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948)

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998)

United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (2003)

UN Convention on Terrorism

Chemical Weapons Convention (1997)

Landmines and Cluster Bombs

 Ottawa Treaty: Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (1997)



Country-Specific Resources



MAL Annotated Bibliography for Algeria(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Algeria

All Africa News: Algeria
Algerian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
The Guardian UK: Algeria
albawaba: Algeria
Algiers Post
WHO – Algeria



MAL Annotated Bibliography for Bahrain(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Bahrain

Government, Kingdom of Bahrain (Site in Arabic)
Bahrain Newspapers
Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Countries at the Crossroads 2012 – Bahrain
Gulf Daily News- The Voice of Bahrain
Constitution of Bahrain


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Comoros(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Comoros

The World Bank, Comoros
U.N. Profiles of Small Island Developing States: Comoros
World Health Organization: Comoros
Embassy of the Comoros
African Development Bank Group: Comoros
Doing Business in Comoros
010 Comoros Foreign Policy Strategy Paper


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Djibouti(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Djibouti

Afrol News: Djibouti
Government of Djibouti (Site in French)
World Health Organization: Djibouti
allAfrica: Djibouti
Africa Development Bank Group: Djibouti
IRIN: Djibouti
Doing Business in Djibouti
Global Economy Index – Djibouti


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Egypt(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Egypt

Constitution of Egypt
Embassy of Egypt
Library of Congress: Egypt
Egypt Daily News
The Economist: Egypt
Egypt News
Global Economic Index – Egypt


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Iraq(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Iraq

Iraq Foundation
Global Policy Forum: Iraq’s Government
BBC: Iraq in Context
Institute for War & Peace Reporting: Iraq
Nuclear Threat Initiative: Iraq
Aswat al-Iraq (Twitter page)
Iraqi National News Agency
Human Rights Watch – Iraq


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Jordan(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Jordan

The Kingdom of Jordan
Embassy of Jordan
Foreign Ministry of Jordan (Site in Arabic)
Ammon News
Petra News
albawaba: Jordan
Global Economic Index – Jordan


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Kuwait(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Kuwait

Embassy of Kuwait
Kuwait Cultural Office
Kuwait Times
U.S. Department of State Consular Information: Kuwait
Kuwait News Agency
Arab Times Kuwait
Gulf News: Kuwait


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Lebanon(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Lebanon

The Daily Star
Human Rights Watch: Lebanon
UNDP Lebanon
al-Manar (the most prominent Lebanese pro-Hizbullah news outlet)
Lebanon Ministry of Finance


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Libya(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Libya

Human Rights Watch – Libya
Constitution of Libya
National Transitional Council (Site in Arabic)
Libyan Permanent Mission to the UN
allAfrica – Libya
Libya Herald
Global Economic Index – Libya


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Mauritania(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Mauritania

Government of Mauritania
Constitution of Mauritania
World Bank – Mauritania
UNHCR – Mauritania
allAfrica – Mauritania     
         WHO – Mauritania


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Morocco(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Morocco

World Bank – Morocco
Human Rights Watch – Morocco/Western Sahara
allAfrica – Morocco
Morocco World News
Morocco Tomorrow
Global Economic Index – Morocco


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Oman(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Oman

Oman Studies Centre
Ministry of Information, Sultanate of Oman
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Oman Observer
Central Bank of Oman
Human Rights Watch – Oman  Global Economic Index – Oman


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Palestine(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Palestine

PLO Mission to the U.S.
Institute for Palestine Studies
Palestine Pulse
Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics
Palestine Monitor


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Qatar(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Qatar

Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs
BBC Qatar Country Profile
Qatar Ministry of Interior
Qatar Statistics Authority
Qatar National Research Fund
Global Economic Index – Qatar
Qatar Ministry of Environment

Saudi Arabia

MAL Annotated Bibliography for Saudi Arabia(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Saudi Arabia

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Energy Information Administration – Saudi Arabia
Human Rights Watch – Saudi Arabia
Saudi National e-Government Portal
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
The Economist – Saudi Arabia


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Somalia(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Somalia

World Health Organization: Somalia
UN Political Office for Somalia
AEI Critical Threats – Somalia
Constitution of Somalia
Global Economic Index – Somalia


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Sudan(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Sudan

Human Rights Watch – Sudan
WHO – Sudan
Sudan Tribune
Sudan News Agency (SUNA)
Global Economic Index – Sudan
South Sudan News Agency


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Syria(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Syria

BBC Syria Country Profile
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)
Brookings Institute: Syria 
Nuclear Threat Initiative: Syria
Syrian National Transitional Council
Arab League Syrian Policy


MAL Annotated Bibliography for Tunisia(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Tunisia

WHO – Tunisia
Human Rights Watch – Tunisia
World Bank Data – Tunisia
Al Jazeera Spotlight – Tunisia
allAfrica – Tunisia


MAL Annotated Bibliography for the UAE(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – UAE
Central Bank of the UAE (Site in Arabic)
Khaleej Times
UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs



MAL Annotated Bibliography for Yemen(.pdf)
Country Fact Sheet – Yemen

Yemen Times
Yemen Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Yemen Observer (Twitter page)
Yemen Post
Central Bank of Yemen
EITI – Yemen
Human Rights Watch – Yemen



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