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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 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.

He is currently CEO of Peaceworks Foundation & The OneVoice Movement in Palestine and Israel dedicated to forging a two state solution in the Middle East.

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

France Cries ISIS -- Obama Cries Uncle -- A Field Guide to a Better Battle Against ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Based on President Obama's defiant ("I know better than everyone") defensive crouch at his post-Paris attacks G-20 Turkey press conference don't expect a sea change in White House policy against ISIS. Just think of more sloppy spit across the ISIS swamp. Better yet, designate it "Leading From As Far Behind...

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France's Agony -- Arab States' Shame

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 8:54 AM

A few hours ago, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for last night's carnage in Paris which left 128 dead so far and over 180 wounded. Paris City Hall just issued a plea for Parisians to donate blood today to help the wounded. The attacks come in the wake of repeated...

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Obama's Syrian Fire House Is On Fire

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 3:02 PM

I just returned a few days ago from yet another painful visit to the Middle East. The heat of Islamist terror is felt everywhere. The Syrian civil war has engulfed the entire region, and a full-fledged proxy war pitting the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Turkey on one side against Russia,...

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Palestinian Nights of the Long Knives

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 10:36 AM

"Cycle of violence" "period of calm" "peace process" "conflict containment" repeat over and over again. Cliches of conflict. When is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever going to end? In this period of mutual Israeli-Palestinian anger and distrust setting a raging terrorist wildfire from the Temple Mount is child's play -- and...

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Cyber Warfare and the New Digital Arms Race

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 10:20 PM

Between Pope Francis' extraordinary U.S. visit and Mr. Putin's double-down to save Syria's Assad, Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit came close to becoming an "*" in the annals of major comings and goings. On 60 Minutes last evening President Obama devoted nary a word to China - not its...

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Putin's Axis of Dictators May Save Assad

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 3:11 PM

What ails our depressed, strife-torn world: not enough dictators. That's what Vladimir Putin (oh, I mean DOCTOR) Putin prescribed to the UN...just take an Assad and a Rouhani and call him in the morning.

This week's UN General Assembly cavalcade of superstar dictators was a depressing juxtaposition coming on the...

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Syrian "Strategery" -- Brought to You By Cooked Intel??

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 6:48 PM

President Obama may have prevailed in his efforts to thwart a Congressional resolution of disapproval against the Iran nuclear agreement, but if a Congressional vote of disapproval would occur on his Syria policy, well, let's just say there would be no high fives down Pennsylvania Avenue.

From the day...

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Memo to 2016 Presidential Candidates: How to Fix the Iran Nuclear Agreement

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Congress will shortly vote on a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement (formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or "JCPOA"). Whether you are for or against the agreement, whether you have promised to rip it to shreds on your first day in office, or not, its aftershocks...

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Kerry's Fateful Rendez-Vous With His 'Munich Moment'

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:16 AM

On September 2, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a "Munich moment" in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. He was referring to the 1938 agreement between Germany and Great Britain when then...

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Dear Commander-in-Chief: A Route to an ISIS Rout

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:01 AM

Dear President Obama:

The humiliating ISIS victory at Ramadi is not just a tactical defeat for Iraq's beleaguered army and the coalition supporting it. Rather, ISIS's victory, however short-lived, is proof positive that the anti-ISIS coalition is inadequate to the task and warrants an overhaul. ISIS simply cannot be diminished...

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Guess Who Is Not Coming to Camp David for Dinner?

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:55 PM

When it comes to this White House's much-maligned Middle East policy the chickens are coming home to roost as their eggs crash onto President Obama's face.

In the wake of reaching a so-called Iran nuclear framework agreement (I prefer the more apt "Memorandum of Misunderstanding") Obama came out to...

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10-Point Field Guide to Any Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:46 PM

At this hour the State Department is reporting that the P5+1 negotiators may agree to extend tonight's deadline in Lausanne because Iran is refusing to make the hard decisions to reach an agreement and more time is needed to see if Iran turns a page. If and when a 'framework...

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Swiss Fondue With Iran While It Blows Up Yemen

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Just think about the supreme irony unfolding in war-torn Yemen -- Exhibit A of what I would charitably call "Kerry compartmentalization." While feverish nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries hurdle toward an artificial March 30 deadline in Switzerland, Iran is single-handedly feeding a Shiite Houthi rebel takeover of...

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Netanyahu's Remains of the Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 6:19 PM

For all his protestations that he arrives today in Washington on a grave mission vital to Israel's national security, Benjamin "Mr. Security" Netanyahu has more on his mind than merely scuttling President Obama's incubating nuclear agreement with Iran. Latest Israeli election polls show Netanyahu is in a neck-and-neck race for...

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A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:45 PM

There are few nations in the Middle East, perhaps aside from Morocco (a bit of prejudice here), that is as blessed with such decent people and respected leadership as Jordan. It is a vulnerable, but stable desert kingdom constantly defying the forces arrayed against it. Jordan's boundless generosity has provided...

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Yemen = (Somalia + Libya) / Syria x Saudi Arabia + Iran

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 7:28 PM

What do the Paris terror attacks and the failing, chaotic nation of Yemen have in common? Far too much it turns out.

Until the horrific events in Paris the dangerous jihadi underground express running to and from Europe and the U.S. via Turkey to Syria and beyond...

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It's The Islamic Radicals, Stupid!

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 10:57 PM

On Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder (all too conveniently skipping town ahead of the solidarity march) declared "we must attack the underlying causes of Islamic radicalism!" Isn't that what we have been doing, obviously ineffectively, for the past 14 years?

Since the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in...

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Viva Estados Unidos

(4) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Why did it take a mega election defeat to get Obama back on his feet?

Reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba represents the type of courageous, sure-footed foreign policy that has evaded this White House for years, and the polls have punished the president as a result. Obama deserves a...

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Caution! White House Israel 'Strategery' Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Between the incredible shrinking anti-Islamic State coalition and a childish, churlish war of words against America's steadfast ally, Israel, the boys and girls on Obama's national security staff are certainly doing their best to help Democrats lose more seats on the eve of the congressional elections.

As if they did...

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It's Really The Settlements, Stupid!

(108) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 7:44 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu is in desperate need of a top-of-the-line hearing aid, because evidently he is growing tone deaf. He can no longer hear the voices warning him of Israel's destructively deteriorating international isolation. He can't (or doesn't want) to hear how he is single-handedly decaying Israel's essential relationship with the...

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