Posts Tagged ‘MAP’

Tunisia Struggles to Maintain Forward Progress – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader September 25, 2018 The ruling Nidaa Tounes party in Tunisia froze the prime minister’s membership and called for his resignation after he criticized the President’s son for having a divisive impact on the party. This latest internal crisis overshadows the progress made in the last seven years. By many measures, Tunisia is considered to have made great progress in achieving a democratic society since the Arab Spring. ...

Western Sahara – My Introduction Story – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley September 21, 2018 My wife and I first arrived in Morocco in the mid summer of 1998. It was my first posting in the Arab world. I had spent the previous several years working in postings in Brussels and Washington on NATO and other issues related to our effort to integrate the countries of Eastern and Central Europe into both the Alliance and the European Union following ...

Morocco’s New National Service Can Build Generations of Employable Patriots – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader September 18, 2018 National military service for young Moroccan men and women should be part of an integrated youth development strategy less concerned about vague ideals and more about preparing youth for work and dignity in a country that opens doors to opportunities. The commitment must be mutually beneficial. Part 2 of a two-part article sets out how the new law can both promote citizenship and patriotism ...

Morocco’s Move to Reinstitute National Military Service Calls for National Discussion and Clarifications – Why, What, Who, and How Remain Unanswered – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader September 13, 2018 The renewal of national conscription announced by King Mohammed VI in a speech following presentation of a draft bill to the Council of Ministers on August 20 has been greeted with confusion and concern. Although there is a backlog of pending legislation, it appears that this bill became a priority reflecting the king’s dissatisfaction with how many youth are responding to the government’s lack ...

The Courage of King Hassan II in Pursuit of Peace – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) September 12, 2018 Last week, The Clinton Presidential Library made public a number of conversations between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President Clinton.  One document in particular caught my eye.  On May 7, 1996 during a telephone conversation, the two men discussed a number of issues including the fighting in Chechnya.  President Clinton reported that he had spoken to King Hassan at Yeltsin’s request and “Hassan ...
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