News Notes: CSIS Study Focuses Attention on Migration Issues in the Region; and IMF and Others See Economy Strengthening – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 4, 2018 Migration continues to be an issue in North Africa and, of course, with the countries across the Mediterranean. Recent studies look at the consequences of migration and immigration issues from security, political, and humanitarian perspectives, recommending policies for both Africa and Europe. A recent study released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and written by Haim Malka, Deputy Director of the ...

Morocco Should Implement Its Long Awaited Autonomy Plan — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 1, 2018 Last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita visited Washington to discuss the Western Sahara question and, importantly, the status of US-Morocco relations, and was reported to seriously question whether the US still considers its relationship with Morocco of strategic importance.  Also, on April 26th, the UN Security Council renewed the MINURSO mandate for the Western Sahara, to maintain the peacekeeping mission to ...

General Haftar’s Rumored State of Health Parallels the Prognosis for Libya – Uncertain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 30, 2018 If you have been following regional and international press these past two weeks, you have been treated to a Middle East and North African specialty, news by rumor. In countries where information was long controlled by government agencies, the age of the Internet has freed up the creativity and spread of the art of “fake news” Arab style. From The Economist relying on local ...

Wishing and False Hopes Won’t Make the Middle East Peace Process Less Relevant – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 25, 2018 Much has been made of the recent whirlwind tour of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia to Europe and the US, pledging vast amounts to purchase everything from arms to entertainment, while offering investors plenty of opportunities to put Saudi Arabia on their lists of prime partners. There were quite a number of articles wishing the Crown Prince all the best ...

Business Brief: Diversifying Mix Tops Morocco’s Energy Strategy – Wants US Investors – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 23, 2018 On April 19, the US State Department hosted the second US-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group meeting bringing together Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Director General Amina Benkhadra, of Morocco’s National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines. Benkhadra has previously served as Minister of Energy in Morocco, has participated in numerous international conferences on energy issues, and is credited with ...
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