Morocco Should Implement Its Long Awaited Autonomy Plan — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 1, 2018 Last month, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita visited Washington to discuss the Western Sahara question and, importantly, the status of US-Morocco relations, and was reported to seriously question whether the US still considers its relationship with Morocco of strategic importance.  Also, on April 26th, the UN Security Council renewed the MINURSO mandate for the Western Sahara, to maintain the peacekeeping mission to ...

General Haftar’s Rumored State of Health Parallels the Prognosis for Libya – Uncertain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 30, 2018 If you have been following regional and international press these past two weeks, you have been treated to a Middle East and North African specialty, news by rumor. In countries where information was long controlled by government agencies, the age of the Internet has freed up the creativity and spread of the art of “fake news” Arab style. From The Economist relying on local ...

Wishing and False Hopes Won’t Make the Middle East Peace Process Less Relevant – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 25, 2018 Much has been made of the recent whirlwind tour of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia to Europe and the US, pledging vast amounts to purchase everything from arms to entertainment, while offering investors plenty of opportunities to put Saudi Arabia on their lists of prime partners. There were quite a number of articles wishing the Crown Prince all the best ...

Business Brief: International media praise Morocco’s development, while economy slows in 2Q due to lagging agricultural production hit by lack of rain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 16, 2018 Both the International Policy Digest and the MediTelegraph recently published articles praising the advances of the Moroccan economy and future prospects. In a post “Is The ‘Moroccan Exception’ Myth or Reality,” the International Policy Digest described the key factors in Morocco’s current success, going so far as to say “Morocco is unique in the region in its governance and culture.” In contrast to many ...

Western Sahara –The US Congress Strikes Again While State Still Dithers – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 10, 2018 For the past five years one of Morocco’s main goals with US policymakers has been to persuade official Washington that it could advance prospects for a “mutually agreed political solution” in Western Sahara by helping them to improve the quality of life for the residents of the region and help the Moroccan Government in its efforts to prepare the region for autonomy by providing ...
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