King Mohammed VI Unveils African Agenda on Migration – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 8, 2018 In a speech to the 30th African Union Summit delivered by Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani last week, King Mohammed VI unveiled the “African Agenda on Migration,” offering the latest details on a new AU vision for migration. Drawn up using an inclusive, participatory approach that included regular consultations with African Heads of State and officials, representatives of international organizations, and ...

Sahara Negotiations: Redux or Moving Forward? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 7, 2018 Horst Kohler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, recently announced his plan to hold talks with Morocco and the Algerian backed Polisario Front. Appointed August 16, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Kohler has invited the two parties to Berlin in the near future, and although this is a first time the talks are to be held there, it ...

IMF and Morocco Continue To Cooperate on Sustained Growth through Targeted Reforms – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader, MATIC January 31, 2018 Over the past two weeks, much has transpired in the working relationship between Morocco and the IMF. The results are largely favorable, which reflects well on Morocco’s efforts at fiscal and monetary reforms but also sets new targets that the country should meet if its progress is to be sustained. One indicator of this two-edged sword of progress and the need for more reform ...

Western Sahara: Who Should Vote, Part V – Bargaining Forward – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley January 31, 2018 In the first blog of this series, I raised the issue of whether the international community had been sufficiently inclusive in its original efforts to resolve the continuing dispute over the issue of sovereignty in Western Sahara, suggesting that tens of thousands of fully legitimate stakeholders, albeit non-Sahrawi, had not been allowed a rightful place in the process.  In the last installment, I suggested ...

Jerusalem, a Capital for Two States — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 30, 2018 In the past two months, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Trump exchanged letters regarding the President’s December 6th announcement to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  In anticipation of the President’s announcement, in his letter of December 5th, King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), expressed ...

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