Posts Tagged ‘Briefings’

The Game of Charades concerning the Western Sahara – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 19, 2019 If it’s April, it must be another round of charades at the UN Security Council regarding the Western Sahara. And if this year is anything like the past, the latest UN resolution can be written by most Sahara watchers before it is even published. It will most likely call the Moroccan proposal realistic, credible, and serious, and will “take note” of the ...

Western Sahara: Testing US Policy – Robert M. Holley

  Robert M. Holley April 12, 2019 In diplomacy, artful ambiguity can be a useful tool, but it can also be a dangerous trap when clarity would have been the better choice. The United States allegedly has a policy on Western Sahara, but what is it? The deal the United States made with Morocco two decades ago stipulated that Washington would not support any negotiated outcome to the issue that ...

The Encounter of Francis and the Sultan – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 3, 2019 The first encounter of St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil in 1219 has long been a subject of great interest and the topic of several scholarly articles. In Morocco this past weekend, on the 800thanniversary of that first encounter, another Francis, Pope Francis I, and King Mohammed VI met in what will hopefully be an important chapter in this tradition ...

Western Sahara: The United States – A Reliable Ally? – Robert M. Holley

  Robert M. Holley March 25, 2019 This is a companion article to one, co-authored by my colleague Ed Gabriel and I, concerning recently declassified information on the history of US policy on Western Sahara which makes public, for the first time important elements of Western Sahara history that we both have direct knowledge of, but have not been able to discuss fully in public before now.  A further important ...

Algeria Defying Expectations – Is there a Win-Win Scenario? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader March 20, 2019 It is a difficult yet exhilarating challenge to define, let alone describe, what is going on in Algeria because, frankly, it is compelling drama, with lots of heroes, broken yet defiant leaders, and enough uncertainty to keep us up nights wondering what’s next. We do know this: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will not run for a fifth term, and instead is attempting to find an ...
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