Western Sahara: MINURSO Options – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 25, 2018 I have heard a lot of oddly crazy options over the last 18 months about the future of MINURSO, the United Nations peacekeeping mission for Western Sahara. I say oddly crazy because some of them I heard directly from acknowledged experts on North African affairs. When the Security Council renewed MINURSO’s mandate last April for only six months it raised my suspicion that some ...

Casablanca and Washington remember Kathy Kriger — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 1, 2018 This week our colleague and beloved friend Kathy Kriger passed away unexpectedly in Casablanca, Morocco.  Many people knew her as the owner and proprietor of Rick’s Café, modeled after the fictional café from the movie Casablanca, with its beautifully decorated interior designed by the famous Bill Willis.  Her death stunned many in Morocco and those of us who knew and worked with ...

King Mohammed VI, Then and Now — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 30, 2018 Following his enthronement on July 30, 1999, His Majesty King Mohammed VI gave his first public speech on August 20th on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and People.  Rereading it nineteen years later provides an interesting insight into his thinking then and now. The sorrow expressed at the death of King Hassan II was still fresh on the new ...

Western Sahara: Anybody on the Same Page? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley July 25, 2018 At the end of April, the Security Council surprised many observers by renewing the MINURSO mandate for only six months rather than a year, as had been the usual practice over the last decade.  That raised a number of questions: Why the change? What did it hope to accomplish? If the intention was to give the new Personal Envoy a boost by suggesting greater ...

Remembering King Hassan II, 19 years after his death — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 23, 2018 Today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of King Hassan II.  Anyone associated with Morocco remembers where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard of the King’s passing.  And although that day is remembered with great sadness, it was also filled with hope for a new beginning with his son, King Mohammed VI.  Few people argue ...
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