The Passing of the Chief Moroccan Rabbi: Part of a Continuing History — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 13, 2018 The Chief Rabbi of Morocco, Aharon Monsonego, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 7th.  Rabbi Monsonego was the head of the Rabbinical Court in Morocco, having served since 1998. He was the son of Yedidya Monsonego, former rabbi of Fez, and much respected in Morocco as a religious scholar and advocate of dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths. He was also the head ...

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 ...

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 ...

Regional Round-Up: Thoughts about the Potential of a Continental Free Trade Agreement; How France Views Morocco’s Counterterrorism Efforts; EU Set to Include Western Sahara in Trade Talks with Morocco – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 25, 2018 The announcement of a Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) for Africa has attracted its share of skeptics, especially since the biggest economies in Africa have yet to endorse the proposal. Souhir Mzali, the Africa regional editor of the Oxford Business Group (OBG) recently penned her observations about the idea and summarized what many believe are the key obstacles to its realization. Since the purpose ...

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 ...
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