The Magnificence of Marrakech — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 17, 2018 Morocco is unlike any other country I’ve visited and, having had the fortune of being US Ambassador there for over three years, I learned much about the people and the country.  It is unlike any other in the world. Although the majority of Moroccans are Arab and Sunni Muslim, it would be incomplete to call Morocco an Arab country. And although it’s ...

Educational and Cultural Exchanges: America’s Best Investment — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 3, 2018 The announcement of Marie Royce, a highly qualified Washington insider, as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Exchange, presents an opportunity to ramp up one of the most cost effective and impactful US foreign policy tools. Today, educational and cultural exchanges in the Middle East and North Africa are often perceived as a sometimes frivolous and wasteful sideshow by some ...

It’s more than just a game: How golf and the film industry are improving Morocco’s economic landscape — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 23, 2018 NBCUniversal’s Golf Channel recently produced a special on Morocco, Golf Gaining Popularity in Morocco, and has conducted a number of interviews this week during the Hassan II pro golf tournament, the Trophée Hassan II, hosted in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. The American public is learning more about Morocco’s half-century love affair with golf thanks to recent headline articles in the Wall ...

Business Brief: International media praise Morocco’s development, while economy slows in 2Q due to lagging agricultural production hit by lack of rain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 16, 2018 Both the International Policy Digest and the MediTelegraph recently published articles praising the advances of the Moroccan economy and future prospects. In a post “Is The ‘Moroccan Exception’ Myth or Reality,” the International Policy Digest described the key factors in Morocco’s current success, going so far as to say “Morocco is unique in the region in its governance and culture.” In contrast to many ...

[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...
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