Can Promoting Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference? Or will age-old stereotypes relegate them to secondary roles? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader August 9, 2018 The economic and business roles of Arab women have been discussed for more than two decades and initiatives have been launched on the consensus that their participation is worth promoting. With electoral quotas in several Arab countries to promote their political participation and with more women appointed to significant positions in the private sector, there are indicators that the roles of women are being ...

My American Dream, from Rabat to Washington DC — Sarah Boutata

Sarah Boutata August 1, 2018 I’m a recent architecture graduate from the National School of Architecture in Rabat, Morocco. When I was in school, I was taught that architects were the perfect combination of builders and artists. Today, I am just an artist, and I’d like to speak of the reality of my world. Two years ago, as I finished my undergraduate degree at the National School of Architecture in ...

Casablanca and Washington remember Kathy Kriger — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 1, 2018 This week our colleague and beloved friend Kathy Kriger passed away unexpectedly in Casablanca, Morocco.  Many people knew her as the owner and proprietor of Rick’s Café, modeled after the fictional café from the movie Casablanca, with its beautifully decorated interior designed by the famous Bill Willis.  Her death stunned many in Morocco and those of us who knew and worked with ...

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 ...

[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...
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