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 ...

Western Sahara – Polisario Ambitions and Reversals – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley June 4, 2018 I keep having to ask myself, “what is it that Polisario really wants?” I know what Algeria really wants. They want the Western Sahara issue to drag on forever, all the better to keep poking Morocco in the eye with it. And in that project, Polisario is their ever ready stick. Nothing new here.  I have it on good authority that in a rare ...

Maghreb Matters: What’s up with Morocco’s ECOWAS membership? Morocco reports on projects in the South; and highlights its digital development at Paris tech show – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader June 1, 2018 Morocco’s 2017 application for full membership in the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has not been without controversy. Morocco’s long-term goal, according to Riccardo Fabiani, is to “Become a trade and production hub that can interface between European, American, and Sub-Saharan African trading blocs.” A majority of the current members welcomes Morocco’s potential role since many of them already have beneficial bilateral ...

State’s Confused Western Sahara Human Rights Reporting – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley May 23, 2018 The State Department is utterly confused on how to report on the subject of human rights in Western Sahara. And it has been getting progressively more confused as the years have passed. Every year, usually sometime in April, the State Department provides a Congressionally-mandated human rights report on every country in the world. And that is where the problem begins. Western Sahara is not ...

MINURSO – A Resolution With Resolve? – Robert M. Holley

  Robert M. Holley May 2, 2018 After a few last minute grumbles from Russia and a few meaningless word adjustments, the UN Security Council has voted approval of a new mandate for MINURSO, the Western Sahara peacekeeping mission, now into its 27th year of a so far fruitless search to find some compromise political solution to this seemingly endless dispute. Polisario had its hand slapped for its needlessly provocative ...
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