A View From the Opposite Ends of the Arab World — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) June 15, 2018 Having made dozens of trips in the past two decades to Morocco and Lebanon, I can’t help but compare these two Arab countries and see the striking differences, as well as the surprising similarities between them. As an American of Lebanese heritage, I took my first trip to Lebanon in 1994, which was the first time anyone on my father’s side had ...

Former US Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel awarded the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor – Kristen Kouttab

Kristen Kouttab June 1, 2018 Ambassador Edward Gabriel received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award on May 12, on Ellis Island, in New York City. This award is presented annually to American citizens “who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.” Among the past honorees are seven US Presidents, three world leaders, and two Nobel Prize winners. ...

Yemeni Refugees Taking Charge of Their Futures in Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader May 10, 2018 A recent story circulated by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) looked at the case of how Yemeni refugees in Morocco were taking charge of their futures by initiating projects that serve both the Yemeni and Moroccan communities. The project is a kindergarten for all children, called Amal or Hope, which recently opened in Kenitra, north of the capital Rabat. Although there are ...

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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