Morocco: Morocco Solidifies EU Fishing Agreement and Continues Its Push to Commitment World-Class Infrastructure
The end of June saw a flurry of announcements and actions that solidify Morocco's profile as a country determined to build a diverse and sustainable economy. From growing the…
Morocco: Morocco, the Glass Is Half Empty On Press Freedom - Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (Ret.)
The World Press Freedom Index for 2019 has been published and it's not a positive report for Morocco. Morocco ranked 135th in this year's report, and since 2013 has fluctuated… Read more »
Morocco: Morocco's Public Health Sector in Disarray - Does It Really Warrant Royal Intervention?
A recent article from a UK news service questioned why King Mohammed VI was acquiring even more control over the naming of senior government than was intended under the 2011… Read more »
North Africa: Fluid Dynamics in Libya, Algeria, and Tunisia Leaves Little Room for Certainty About Regional Stability
The situation in Algeria continues to command worldwide attention, especially with the ousting of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir in Sudan and his replacement (twice) by military… Read more »
Western Sahara: Western Sahara - Is Algeria's Perceived Weakness Its Strength? - Robert M. Holley
The city streets in Algeria are once again full of protesters. It is not the cost of living or the lack of employment opportunities for youth that has the crowds singing anthems… Read more »
Morocco: America Shines Through the Amideast Lens
Despite the tumult in Washington, DC and the declining emphasis on the US presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), America still maintains strong links to the region… Read more »
Morocco: Contradictions Continue to Plague Morocco's Development Goals
Unrest in many regions of Morocco during 2018 and the ongoing strikes in 2019, called by the labor unions and joined by Moroccans of all classes, are emblematic of the… Read more »
Western Sahara: Where Is Algeria?
In 2007, shortly after Morocco tabled its initiative for autonomy to resolve the dispute in Western Sahara, David Welch, at that time the Assistant Secretary of State for the… Read more »
Western Sahara: Western Sahara - Anybody On the Same Page? - Robert M. Holley
At the end of April, the Security Council surprised many observers by renewing the MINURSO mandate for only six months rather than a year, as had been the usual practice over the… Read more »
Morocco: Remembering King Hassan II, 19 Years After His Death - - Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (Ret.)
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of King Hassan II. Anyone associated with Morocco remembers where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard of the… Read more »
Morocco: The Magnificence of Marrakech
Morocco is unlike any other country I've visited and, having had the fortune of being US Ambassador there for over three years, I learned much about the people and the country. It… Read more »
Morocco: Sahara Negotiations - Redux or Moving Forward ?
Horst Kohler, the United Nations Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, recently announced his plan to hold talks with Morocco and the Algerian backed Polisario… Read more »
Morocco: The Ongoing Debate Over Judicial Reform in Morocco - Caitlin Dearing Scott
When Morocco adopted a new Constitution in July 2011, consolidating more than a decade of reform, the Kingdom made a promise to its citizens to establish a constitutional monarchy… Read more »
Morocco: Automobile Sector Set for New Manufacturer
Fiat has joined other major automobile manufacturers in setting up shop in Morocco; Siemens discloses progress on wind blades production; Spanish media giant selects Morocco as its… Read more »
North Africa: North Africa and the Birth of the U.S. Navy
Many people already know that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States, on December 20, 1777, while it was still in the throes of the revolutionary war. Less… Read more »
Morocco: Morocco Takes On Challenges of Gas and Oil Shale Exploration
Morocco is moving judiciously to ensure a balance between environmental concerns and prospective economic benefits as it approaches opportunities to exploit gas and oil shale for… Read more »
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