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Amb. Marc Ginsberg
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Ambassador Ginsberg spent his formative years in the Middle East, particularly in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon from 1960-1968 and spent his early legal career in Saudi Arabia and Egypt working for a U.S. law firm in the Middle East. He began his foreign policy career as a foreign affairs advisor during his freshman year in college to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1971-1977). He was appointed by Secretary of State Vance as his White House Liaison in 1977, and then served as Deputy Senior Advisor to President Carter for Middle East Policy on his White House staff from 1979-1981, working on the Camp David Accords and Palestinian negotiations. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton as U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, making him the first American of Jewish heritage to be appointed to an Arab nation.

He was founding President of Layalina Television, the first U.S. philanthropic producer of commercial Arabic language television for broadcasting in the Arab world (visit www.layalina.tv). Layalina’s programs currently appear on MBC – the largest pan-Arab Middle East network.

Until 2012 Amb. Ginsberg was a Senior Vice President of APCO Worldwide – a global corporate and communications advisory company with offices throughout the world where he managed many of its Middle East accounts.

During his career, Amb. Ginsberg served on many prestigious public and private panels reviewing U.S. foreign and economic policy in the Middle East, including the Council on Foreign Relations Tasks Forces on Iraq, Public Diplomacy and Middle East policy, and the Brookings Institution Saban Center Islamic Task Force. He was also recently appointed to co-chair the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) roundtable on Islam extremism in Europe. He is also a member of the RAND Corp. Middle East Advisory Board.

Amb. Ginsberg is also a U.S. and Arab media commentator (CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and many other media outlets). His insights on the Middle East are regularly published in several prominent U.S. newspapers and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune.

Entries by Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's Just Not Good Enough to Be Prime Minister of AIPAC

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Noted New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once remarked that it is far more important what Arab leaders say to their people in Arabic then what they tell Americans in English. That adage also applies to Israeli leaders, including Benjamin Netanyahu, whose speech yesterday before the National Policy Conference of...

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So, Mr. President, You Want a New Syria Policy?

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:22 PM

This weekend's collapse of the Geneva Syria "peace" talks throws into stark relief the unenviable fact that the White House has run out of "Hail Mary" passes which passed as its Syria policy. So if the president truly desires a better Syria policy he must first fix the reasons why...

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The Syrian Geneva "Peace" Conference: Whistling Past the Graveyard?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 10:16 PM

Peace conferences, as a general historical rule, are convened because the warring parties are looking for a way to end the conflict. Not so at tomorrow's Geneva Syrian "peace conference." While diplomats from over 30 countries fine tune their diplomatic fiddles the industrial strength mayhem and murder in Syria is...

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Settlers Settling SecState Scores

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 5:22 PM

From the get go of Secretary of State John Kerry's round-the-clock efforts to revive the moribund Middle East Peace Process, he has confronted skepticism, hostility, and sardonic remarks from every stakeholder in the on-again/off-again "rest in peace" process. Just about everyone who earns an income far and wide from each...

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Is the "P6" Now Ready for Prime Time in Geneva?

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 8:47 PM

November 10 will not go down as a stellar day for U.S. diplomacy. The premature faux hoopla over the scuttled first-stage nuclear agreement with Iran yielded little more than a legacy of miscues and a dozen eggs on Uncle Sam's face. Inadequate consultation with its allies, and overly eager to...

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Iraq's Maliki in D.C.: Take Down the Welcome Sign

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:07 AM

Iraqi PM Maliki arrived yesterday in Washington hat in hand with a slick sleight of hand to play for unsuspecting Americans.

Despite our ill-conceived investment of blood and treasure to bring a new era to Iraq, Maliki has doubled down on America's Iraqi disaster by orchestrating his own surge...

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A Field Guide to Assad's Threatened 'Shock and Awe'

(7) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:24 PM

During his interview with CBS' Charlie Rose this morning, Syria's president Bashar al-Assad ominously warned of unspecified retaliation in the event the U.S. strikes at his military assets. Bluff and bluster, or the equivalent of an Assad version of "shock and awe (shucks)"?

Memo to the nation: It's bluff and...

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Maliki's Massacre of Pro-US Iranian Prisoners

(28) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:07 PM

One would have thought that Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki's government had enough on its hands, what with a calamitous escalation of sectarian strife harkening back to the worst days of Iraq's bloody and traumatic post-Saddam days.

I was wrong.

As international attention has been focused on the Syria crisis,...

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The Morning After a Syrian Strike -- What's Next?

(271) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 9:04 AM

Damascus is eerily calm tonight while Damascenes nervously hunker down for what Washington is billing as a short duration Mediterranean-based cruise missile assault on Syrian military installations. The limited objective: "punish" Syria for deploying chemical weapons "on a large scale" (Obama's words) against innocent men, women and children, and deter...

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Embassy (In)Security -- A Diplomatic SOS

(24) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 7:40 PM

Calling Seal Team 7. al Qaeda's too-long leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is thought to be still hiding out in another Abbottabad in Pakistan, is up to deadly mischief by issuing three communications last week: two public and the third -- a highly lethal secret correspondence directing an attack...

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The Muslim Brotherhood's Suicide Leap

(94) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:23 AM

This was not the return to Tahrir Square that Egyptians desired. For the millions converging on this cradle of revolution demanding the ouster of their president Tahrir symbolizes all that has gone wrong so quickly for so many.

Today, Egypt is a country paralyzed by a modern...

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Crossing the Syrian Red Line Rubicon

(242) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Even the legendary Houdini can't get the U.S. out of its Syrian straightjacket. For over three agonizing years the Obama administration has twisted itself into diplomatic contortions in vain attempts to downplay Syria's infectious civil war as a policy and humanitarian challenge to American national security. Instead, avoiding any game-changing...

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Erdogan's Sultanic Verses: Is Taksim Another Tiananmen?

(40) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 1:36 AM

Turkey's combative and polarizing Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has only himself to blame for the violence gripping Istanbul's Taksim Square tonight. Offering an olive branch to the secular "Young Turk" demonstrators by agreeing to meet their leaders, he then turned loose the full fury of his security forces to rampage...

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Color Blind to Red Lines: No 'Best' Worst Options for Syria

(37) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 1:09 PM

Like the mythical planet Krypton, Syria is breaking up into a million pieces and most of the pieces are increasingly controlled by Islamist terrorists, not by the secular Free Syrian Army. Sadly, neither no-fly zones, massive humanitarian aid, nor arming the rebels to the teeth will prevent Syria's doomed destiny....

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A Field Guide to Jihadi Dagestan and Chechnya

(36) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:02 PM

The Northern Caucasus of Russia, comprising five Islamic Russian Republics (Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria and North Ossetia), have for decades been an "off-the-radar" safe haven for Islamic salafist terrorism. Normally, when we think of Al Qaeda, Mali, Afghanistan, Yemen or Somalia come to mind.

Tamelian Tsarnaev's alleged terrorism in...

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Dangerous Amateur Hour in Pyongyang

(100) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:21 PM

I just returned last night from two weeks in China and the unsettling assessment in Beijing is that North Korea's supreme leader and (amateur propagandist-in-chief) Kim Jong-Un has unwittingly backed himself and his isolated regime into a dangerous corner with potentially dire consequences to stability on the Korean peninsula in...

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Obama En Route to Israel: 'Shalom Chaverim'

(36) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:46 AM

President Obama deftly executed his own advance work ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel later this week. First, he met with key Jewish and Arab-American leaders at the White House; he then granted exclusive interviews to regional media, including Israel's Channel 2. His message in a nutshell: "Shalom...

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The Maiden Voyage of SS Kerry

(9) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:10 AM

On February 24, Sec. of State John Kerry will embark on his first foreign trip as newly-minted Secretary of State. After making the obligatory stopovers in Europe to check the boxes with key allies, the real business of his mission will take him to Turkey, the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,...

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Egypt's Agonizing Collapse

(73) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 9:44 AM

As Egypt stares into the abyss of a potential collapse of state authority, its Muslim Brotherhood leadership is reaping the bitter harvest of its chaotic grab for ultimate autocratic power. Since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak two year ago, a revolution which was supposed to bring democracy, greater accountability and...

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Netanyahu's Coalition Loss May Usher in an "Israeli Spring"

(20) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:22 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's decayed Likud/Beitenu right wing slate limped across the Israeli electoral finish line tonight, leaving a trail of lost Knesset seats in its wake and the loss of incalculable political fortune for the once politically invincible Israeli prime minister. When the final vote tally emerges, it will surely represent...

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