ECFR Report Gives Mixed Grades on Counterterrorism Strategies to Morocco and Tunisia – Part 1 – Jean R. AbiNader

  Jean R. AbiNader  February 22, 2018 A recent study by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) illustrates the challenges of proposing approaches to terrorism prevention in other countries whose methods may at times conflict with Western values of due process, reflect local power dynamics that are unique to each country, and reflect how those governments view tradeoffs between short vs long-term efforts to combat terrorism. Europe is increasingly ...

King Mohammed VI Unveils African Agenda on Migration – Caitlin Dearing Scott

Caitlin Dearing Scott February 8, 2018 In a speech to the 30th African Union Summit delivered by Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani last week, King Mohammed VI unveiled the “African Agenda on Migration,” offering the latest details on a new AU vision for migration. Drawn up using an inclusive, participatory approach that included regular consultations with African Heads of State and officials, representatives of international organizations, and ...

Sahara Negotiations: Redux or Moving Forward? — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) February 7, 2018 Horst Kohler, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, recently announced his plan to hold talks with Morocco and the Algerian backed Polisario Front. Appointed August 16, 2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Kohler has invited the two parties to Berlin in the near future, and although this is a first time the talks are to be held there, it ...

Jerusalem, a Capital for Two States — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 30, 2018 In the past two months, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Trump exchanged letters regarding the President’s December 6th announcement to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  In anticipation of the President’s announcement, in his letter of December 5th, King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), expressed ...

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Twenty Years of Morocco’s Development: 1997-2017 — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) January 4, 2018 Twenty years ago this month, I arrived in Morocco as the new US Ambassador. Arriving at the end of Ramadan, I was able to immediately feel the warmth and character of the country, and it was the beginning of a close-up view of the changes going on in Morocco. During my first meeting with King Hassan II, shortly after my arrival, he ...
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