Western Sahara – Simmering Pots Eventually Boil – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 3, 2018 For some years now I have been trying fruitlessly to persuade my former colleagues at the State Department, and anyone else who would listen, that the status quo in the Western Sahara was not sustainable. If you don’t fix it, I would argue, or learn how to manage it much better, it is going to pop, probably sooner than you think.  But, difficult to ...

Don’t Go to Morocco Without Visiting Mohamed Id Hammou in the High Atlas — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 2, 2018 With Spring in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco comes the harvest of the cherries, amidst the roaring rivers that flow from the snows of Mount Toubkal and surrounding peaks.  Mount Toubkal, the second highest peak in Africa, rises to nearly 14,000 feet, competing with the heights of most peaks of the Colorado Rockies.  In the Spring, a tourist will meet colorfully ...

Morocco Signs on to the African Continental Free Trade Area as Latest Step to Affirm Commitment to Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

  Jean R. AbiNader March 27, 2018 Saad Eddine El Othmani, the Head of Government, led Morocco’s delegation to the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) held in Kigali, at which 44 African countries signed an agreement to initiate a continental free trade area (AfCFTA). He said it was a historic event that marks a major step in the process of African integration. El Othmani noted that discussions ...

Equaling the Playing Field – FIFA 2026 Bidding Process — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) 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 United States, Mexico, and Canada versus Morocco.  With a combined GDP of more than $21 trillion, the US-led consortium appears to have an overwhelming advantage over Morocco, a country the size of ...

International Donors Conference on the Sahel, Much Ado…Will It Make a Difference – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 22, 2018 According to a number of reports, more than 60 delegations and 14 partner countries gathered in Brussels last month to put meat on the bones of the G5 Sahel force set up in 2017 to enable Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad build their military capabilities to conduct anti-terrorism operations in their countries and along their borders. There were also discussions concerning the ...
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