Western Sahara: Where is Algeria? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley August 14, 2018 In 2007, shortly after Morocco tabled its initiative for autonomy to resolve the dispute in Western Sahara, David Welch, at that time the Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East, told a Congressional committee that the United States welcomed Morocco’s proposal and found it “serious and credible.”  Conversely, he testified, “the Polisario proposal does not seem, in our judgment, to contain new ideas.” ...

Business Brief: Unsteady Signals on Morocco’s Economy; Trade Deficit Widens; Corruption Called Out by Head of Government; Jobs Report Continues to be Weak; and PJD Promises Educational Reforms – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 7, 2018 Economy Jolted by firing of Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Boussaid three days after King criticized slow pace of social and economic development; no reasons yet given from the Royal Palace. Although the RNI politician is considered by some to be one of the best and brightest in the cabinet and may not have direct responsibility for the issues raised by King Mohammed ...

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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