Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Comments in Morocco: Could He Have Gone Further? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 5, 2018 Deputy Secretary Sullivan visited Rabat last week and offered what the Moroccan press reported as encouraging news. One outlet even ran with the title, “US says it backs Morocco autonomy plan for Western Sahara.”  However, upon further examination, the title is more misleading than accurate.  Sullivan’s comments, as reported, while positive, unfortunately do not break new ground. As reported by Arab News ...

Western Sahara – Facts on the Ground – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 3, 2018 With impending visits to the region scheduled by UN Personal Envoy Kohler and US Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Moroccan American Center for Policy (MACP) recently convened an informal discussion of circumstances in Morocco’s southern Saharan provinces. We were pleased that many of our contacts in government, business and the think tank community in Washington with considerable experience in the region took time ...

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 ...

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 ...
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