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Western Sahara – Resource Development, International Law and What Next – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley March 19, 2018 The European Court of Justice has once again set off another political brouhaha between Morocco and the European Union over the issue of their fisheries agreement. Their recent finding, confirming an earlier Advisory Opinion, that the agreement should not apply to waters off the coast of Western Sahara is quite simply wrong and poses yet another needless political obstacle to the United Nations Security ...

Business Brief: Minister Boussaid Discusses State of the Economy; EBRD Praises Partnership with Morocco; New Auto Manufacturing Facilities Open; and Conference to Match African Start-Ups and Companies to be Hosted by Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 6, 2018 Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid was recently interviewed by Oxford Business Group about trending economic developments. He noted that Morocco has signed 55 free trade agreements since 1999 and has increasingly attracted international investment due to its “quality political and economic stability; quality infrastructure and logistical cost reduction; and human capital.” The Minister pointed out that despite having one of the highest ...

The Way Forward – Counterterrorism Cooperation between Morocco and the EU – Part 2 – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader February 28, 2018 In many ways, the headline Morocco: capabilities and deficiencies of a strong state sums up the section of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) study on counterterrorism cooperation between the EU and Morocco and Tunisia. While it notes Morocco’s breadth of capabilities and its reputation as “a model of political stability, economic development, and regional integration in Africa and the Middle East,” the ...

Western Sahara: MINURSO – What Next? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley February 26, 2018 Shortly after Ban Ki Moon’s ill advised remarks while visiting the Polisario refugee camps a couple of years ago, Morocco took the opportunity to express its profound displeasure with the former Secretary General’s undiplomatic gaffe to disinvite most of MINURSO’s civilian contingent from Moroccan territory in the Sahara.  That set in motion much hand wringing in New York and Washington during the Obama Administration ...

King of Morocco Moves Country Forward on Women’s Rights — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 23, 2018 This week Morocco’s parliament adopted a new law to combat violence against women, by a vote of 122 to 55.  Initially drafted in 2013, this law “criminalizes acts considered forms of harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women,” according to Minister of Family Affairs, Women and Solidarity, Bassima Hakkaoui. While this may seem like an abrupt leap forward for women’s ...
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