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Bilateral Model Arab League Conference

The Bilateral Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual MAL conference for High School, College, and 4-year University students every spring in Houston, Texas. Over the years our Bilateral Model Arab League Conference has attracted over 30 institutions from 7 different states. Through their participation in BIMAL, students can gain a hands-on educational experience that can be transferred to their future goals and aspirations.

In addition to competing, during our conference, the students are given access to first-hand insights from notable keynote speakers and the opportunity to attend consulate meetings that the Bilateral Chamber coordinates on behalf of our participating schools. This serves as a source of valuable knowledge that can provide participants with real life-experiences and knowledge from within the MENA region.

We have had the distinct pleasure of hearing from these speakers in the past:

  • Dr. Adel Chaouch, President and CEO of ShaMaran Petroleum and the Honorary Consul of Tunisia in Houston

  • Hala Al-Abdulwahed, Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Houston

  • Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, former League of Arab States’ Chief Representative to the United States and the United Nations

  • Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, Former United States Ambassador to the State of Qatar

  • The Honorable Yousef Ali Yousef Al-Khater, Consulate General of the State of Qatar

  • Ryan Crocker, Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University

  • Ambassador Eric M. Bost, Former United States Ambassador to South Africa

  • The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator


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Fostering the knowledge & understanding of the Arab people & culture

Similar to Model United Nations (MUN), Model Arab League (MAL) is a student leadership development program for high school and college students across the United States. Participating students take on roles of delegates or council chairs in a simulated debate of the League of Arab States, witnessing first-hand the complexities of international policy formation. By researching their assigned countries’ foreign policy objectives, cultural norms, and socio-economic and political strategies, students increase their knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the Arab World and its peoples as well as the intricacies underlying U.S.-Arab relations.

As they draft and debate resolutions in specialized and general council meetings, the participating students gain a deepened awareness of the importance of the ability to apply key skills including;

  • Understanding the intersection of social and geopolitical agendas

  • International diplomacy and negotiation

  • Critical thinking and collaboration

  • Parliamentary procedure

  • Public speaking

  • Writing and editing

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