The Wheel of Misfortune – Russia Takes Advantage of US Lethargy in North Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC November 20, 2017 Those who follow US policy in the Middle East and North Africa are increasingly concerned with a lack of a robust or consistent American presence in the region outside of support for Israel and mixed messages on Syria and Iraq. Arab governments initially were pleased that the Trump Administration took a high profile on pursuing a Middle East peace settlement, inserting itself into the ...

Western Sahara: 42 and Counting – Time to Make a DEAL! – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley November 8, 2017 This week marks the 42nd anniversary of King Hassan II’s famous Green March into the Moroccan Sahara to reassert Morocco’s historical sovereignty over the region. An event in which several hundred thousand Moroccans, led by their King, calmly marched through lines of armed Spanish colonial soldiers carry nothing but their flags, their faith, their patriotism, their children and the Koran. Shortly after, Spain withdrew ...

On Business in Morocco: French Publication Offers Up its Assessment of Opportunities in Morocco and the Maghreb – Good Advice for Any Business – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC October 11, 2017 The Affiches Parisiennes Journal of Law and Legal Information, which provides information to Francophone accounting and financial services professionals, recently produced an overview of what their profession needs to know about the Maghreb in order to serve their business clients more effectively. It has insights that are worth noting by anyone interested in doing business in the region, and particularly Morocco. As a ...

Highlights from Morocco’s Participation in the 72nd UN General Assembly – Kristen Kouttab

Kristen Kouttab, MAC October 3, 2017 As always, Morocco was an active participant during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York from September 12-25. Here is more detail into the highlights from Morocco’s participation. The country remains focused on four key issues: Security and Counterterrorism Morocco was re-elected for another two-year term as a Co-Chair (with the Netherlands) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), ...

Morocco’s Africa Policy highlighted in Jeune Afrique – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott September 13, 2017 Morocco’s return to the African Union in January – after a 33 year hiatus – marked a crowning achievement in the country’s decades-long leadership on the continent. Long a priority of King Mohammed VI, Morocco’s African diplomacy has only ramped up since then — on issues ranging from security and counterterrorism to trade and soccer. Last month, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita spoke with Jeune ...
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