Equalizing the Playing Field-FIFA 2026 Bidding Process — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 30, 2018 (This article has been updated from its original version first published March 23, 2018) At first glance, one has to wonder if the competition to host the 2026 soccer (football) World Cup can even be competitive. It’s the United 2026 joint bid of the US, Mexico, and Canada versus Morocco.  With a combined GDP of more than $21 trillion, the US-led consortium ...

Maghreb Matters: Morocco’s Agricultural Sector Heading Up; Results of IMF Meetings in Tunisia and Algeria; Morocco and EU Agree to Talk Fish – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 5, 2018 The agricultural sector, still a key component of Morocco’s economy, received some good news from the Oxford Business Group (OBG) in its latest review of the sector. According to the report, “Higher yields and improved product quality are driving investment in Morocco’s agricultural sector, with the country seeking to boost returns on farming output and expand exports.” While the country is still largely dependent ...

Maghreb Matters: What’s up with Morocco’s ECOWAS membership? Morocco reports on projects in the South; and highlights its digital development at Paris tech show – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 1, 2018 Morocco’s 2017 application for full membership in the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has not been without controversy. Morocco’s long-term goal, according to Riccardo Fabiani, is to “Become a trade and production hub that can interface between European, American, and Sub-Saharan African trading blocs.” A majority of the current members welcomes Morocco’s potential role since many of them already have beneficial bilateral ...

Maghreb News Notes: Iran seeks to expand presence in North Africa; World Bank Group to meet in Marrakech in 2021; Moroccan unemployment down; and EU Report focuses on challenges in relationship with Algeria – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 8, 2018 Iran’s agenda in North Africa is coming under heightened scrutiny after senior Iranian officials visited Algiers leading to increased tensions over Western Sahara and the expulsion from Rabat of the Iranian ambassador. According to an article in Al-Arabiya, “The cut in ties between the two countries came after irrefutable evidence came to light proving that shipments of weapons, which included surface-to-air missiles, comprising of ...

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 ...
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