Posts Tagged ‘Eamonn Gearon’

Conflict over the Western Sahara – Anything New or the Same Old, Same Old? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader November 24, 2020 Morocco, the Polisario, and its patron Algeria are sounding war drums over the Sahara. Is this recent skirmish a threat to regional stability or more posturing? On October 21, groups of Polisario supporters blocked the highway at Guerguerat, in the extreme southwest of the Western Sahara. This is in the buffer zone between territory controlled by Morocco and the land claimed by the Polisario, ...

Tribute to the Legendary Moroccan Political Figure Mahjoubi Aherdan – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

  Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) November 24, 2020 One of the most legendary political figures in Morocco, Mahjoubi Aherdan, has passed away at age 100. Aherdan, who was mostly called by his last name, was the co-founder of the Mouvement Populaire (MP) political party and was one of the staunchest supporters of a free and independent Morocco. Aherdan served in many notable government positions during his lifetime. He served as ...

Western Sahara: Some Advice for President Biden – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley October 9, 2020 Dear Mr. President, Western Sahara will not be among the most pressing issues facing your foreign policy team early in your Administration, nor should it. There is some heavy lifting to do on Europe, NATO, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. But you know that already. Eventually however, this nettlesome question of Western Sahara will pop up on the White House radar, it always ...

Will Morocco be the next country to normalize relations with Israel? – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) August 20, 2020 Commentators from major news outlets have commented that Morocco will be among the first Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel and exchange ambassadors following the Israeli-UAE agreement. As the former US Ambassador to Morocco and having closely followed the policies and opinions of King Mohammed VI for the past twenty years I am not so sure that Morocco will be next. ...

Morocco Looks to the Future While Combatting C-19 – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader July 20, 2020 Many countries are facing declining growth rates due to the pandemic and Morocco is no exception. Given lockdowns and flight restrictions implemented worldwide early on, tourism and hospitality, usually the third largest component of GDP, have suffered enormous losses and the sector almost collapsed during the first 90 days of the global response to C-19. In the latest World Bank report, “Morocco Economic Monitor,” ...
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