Is Morocco a Serious Partner of the US? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 16, 2018 For the past twenty years I have been involved with Morocco, first as US Ambassador, from 1997-2001, and, until my resignation last October, as an adviser for most of the past two decades. The most frequently asked questions of me by US policymakers over the years has been whether Morocco is truly serious about reform and change, and whether it is willing ...

Elections in Libya Mired in Controversy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 2, 2018 The leading political factions in Libya represented by Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, Aguila Saleh, President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Khaled Meshri, President of the High State Council (HSC), and, General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, agreed on May 29th in Paris to a UN supervised process for new elections by December 10th for president and parliament. ...

Regional Round-Up: Thoughts about the Potential of a Continental Free Trade Agreement; How France Views Morocco’s Counterterrorism Efforts; EU Set to Include Western Sahara in Trade Talks with Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 25, 2018 The announcement of a Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) for Africa has attracted its share of skeptics, especially since the biggest economies in Africa have yet to endorse the proposal. Souhir Mzali, the Africa regional editor of the Oxford Business Group (OBG) recently penned her observations about the idea and summarized what many believe are the key obstacles to its realization. Since the purpose ...

Western Sahara Refugees – Free Them Now – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 20, 2018 The global refugee crisis continues to expand in practically every corner of the planet. By now we are all aware of the awful circumstances for refugees from the on-going civil war in Syria where the millions who have been displaced are causing enormous strains on not only the states of the region, but also roiling the political landscape of Europe’s politics.  Sub-Saharan refugees continue ...

A View From the Opposite Ends of the Arab World — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) June 15, 2018 Having made dozens of trips in the past two decades to Morocco and Lebanon, I can’t help but compare these two Arab countries and see the striking differences, as well as the surprising similarities between them. As an American of Lebanese heritage, I took my first trip to Lebanon in 1994, which was the first time anyone on my father’s side had ...
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