Posts Tagged ‘energy sector’

Western Sahara: UN Resolution 2468 – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley May 2, 2019 The Security Council has again renewed the peacekeeping mandate for Western Sahara, MINURSO, for another six months. It did so without the votes of Russia and South Africa, both of who abstained. As my colleague Ambassador Ed Gabriel said in an article last week in these pages, the resolution could have been written beforehand by most any frequent observer of events in the region. ...

Former Senator Richard Lugar passes away: Towering Statesman, Senator, and Friend of Morocco – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

  Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) May 1, 2019 In less than a year, America has lost two of its most honored foreign policy leaders: Senator McCain who passed away in August of 2018, and former Senator Richard Lugar who passed away this week at age 87. Few people are as respected for their bipartisan efforts as these men were. Purdue University President and former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels, an ...

Will Algeria be any different without Bouteflika? – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 30, 2019 In April 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika won the Algerian presidential elections and would remain head of state for the next two decades. It was recently announced that he would step down from the office this month, on the 20thanniversary of his first election. President Bouteflika’s initial rise was viewed hopefully in Morocco, where it was rumored that he and King Hassan II were ...

Western Sahara: The Human Rights Issue and MINURSO – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley April 23, 2019 Recent news items reporting that the US delegation at the United Nations is once again promoting language that would establish some kind of human rights monitoring mechanism as part of the MINURSO mandate have left me scratching my head in utter disbelief. Until this latest misguided effort on the part of Washington, I had promised myself that I would not draft another article on ...

Morocco’s Public Health Sector in Disarray – Does It Really Warrant Royal Intervention? – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 22, 2019 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 constitution. It wrote that “Article 49…stipulates that appointments to key public institutions should be made by the Council of Ministers which comprises the government but is headed by the King. However, this advance was ...
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