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'Delegates' from Arab nations debate post-war Iraq



Ted DeAdwyler
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
(415) 338-1665


Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


College students from across California hold Model Arab League meeting at SFSU 


As the world community wrestles with the question of stability in post-war Iraq, more than 200 college students from across California take on the role of diplomats from Arab countries and debate the questions of a changing Middle East during the 2003 Model Arab League meeting at San Francisco State University this weekend.


Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. on the first floor of the Humanities Building and Sunday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts Building. (See campus map).


· Modeled after the United Nations, the Model Arab League is holding its 21st annual West Coast gathering at SFSU this weekend.

· Students are divided into delegations representing the 22 members that make up the Arab League, ranging from Jordan to Libya and one group represents Iraq.

· Delegates have spent the last semester learning about the cultural, political and economics issues of their respective countries.

· The students --- meeting in councils focused on defense, environmental affairs, the interior, social affairs and Palestinian affairs -- will spend all-day Saturday debating such questions as stability in a post-war Iraq, combating terrorist situations and non-violent resistance in Palestine.

The gathering concludes Sunday, April 13 with a summit session of all the participants at 9 a.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts Building.


For more information about the gathering, call program coordinator Elijah Owen at (415) 577-9973. SFSU faculty advisor to the Model Arab League is Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations at SFSU, who is available at (510) 527-5306.


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