Posts Tagged ‘morocco’

Western Sahara: Pompeo Visit Signals Change in Policy? – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 23, 2019 Last week, my colleague Ed Gabriel wrote a blog commending the resolve of King Mohammed VI to not cave into alleged efforts, as reported in several press accounts, by Secretary of State Pompeo to persuade Morocco to bend its policy on Israel and Palestine to favor better prospects for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reelection.  Press speculation suggested that Pompeo might offer some kind of ...

Morocco and the Complexity of Development – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader December 18, 2019 Analysts opine that Morocco is at a crossroads, but it’s not clear whether that captures the implications of future choices accurately since it implies at least four choices. In a recent news report, multiple issues emerged in a single complaint towards Minister of Agriculture and billionaire Aziz Akhannouch, lodged by the former head of government and leader of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) ...

The Resolve of King Mohammed VI – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

  Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) December 18, 2019 Last week, I read stories speculating that Morocco would be normalizing relations with Israel  in exchange for a more forward leaning US statement or policy on the Western Sahara, an existential issue for the country. Secretary Pompeo was to make a two-day visit to Morocco in early December during which he would have an audience with King Mohammed VI. Some even ...

Morocco’s Influence on One American Islamic Scholar – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) December 16, 2019 Daoud Casewit is a one-of-a-kind individual. Originally from Colorado, and the son of an author of mountain sports and travel books, he converted to Islam in Morocco in 1977. It was also in Morocco that he met his American wife, Fatima, and began to study Arabic with a focus on the recitation of the Quran and the Maliki teachings of Islam. In ...

Western Sahara Update – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley October 31 , 2019 Yesterday, October 30, the United Nations Security Council voted to renew its peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, MINURSO. The renewal broke with the recent practice of shortening the mandate and extended MINURSO for another 12 months. There was no human rights monitoring mechanism added to the mission. Readers who have followed my recent blogs in this space on Western Sahara may recall that ...
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