Is Morocco a Serious Partner of the US? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) July 16, 2018 For the past twenty years I have been involved with Morocco, first as US Ambassador, from 1997-2001, and, until my resignation last October, as an adviser for most of the past two decades. The most frequently asked questions of me by US policymakers over the years has been whether Morocco is truly serious about reform and change, and whether it is willing ...

Elections in Libya Mired in Controversy – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 2, 2018 The leading political factions in Libya represented by Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, Aguila Saleh, President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Khaled Meshri, President of the High State Council (HSC), and, General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, agreed on May 29th in Paris to a UN supervised process for new elections by December 10th for president and parliament. ...

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 ...

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 ...
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