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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.

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

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 12:16 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 26, 2015 | 11:01 PM

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 | 3:55 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 | 1:46 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 | 1:35 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 | 5:19 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 | 6:45 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 | 6:28 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 | 9:57 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 | 10:41 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 | 10:52 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 | 6:44 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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Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:49 PM

The fate of the Syrian Kurdish border enclave of Kobani (known in Arabic as "Ayn al-Arab") appears to be sealed. The Islamic State's (IS) "skull and bones" flag is flying over major parts of the besieged city. If Kobani completely surrenders (and at this hour it appears likely from all...

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A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:16 PM

"Convert, vow absolute allegiance, beg for mercy, atone, or face certain death!" Those are the gruesome choices forced on Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Yazidis or other non-Sunni Arab minorities by the jihadi executioners of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- the self-declared caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham ("Greater Syria")...

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"Don't Do Stupid Stuff'" Doesn't Cut It

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:46 PM

It's nice to hear President Obama and Mrs. Clinton had a "huggable" moment on Martha's Vineyard last night. But making up is hard to do when the truth hurts.

Say what you will about Mrs. Clinton's spot-on criticism of President Obama's faltering foreign policy -- it reflects widespread bipartisan...

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Can Gaza Ever Be Pacified?

(101) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:10 PM

The Gaza Strip will never fit neatly into a future Palestinian state jigsaw puzzle. Even in a utopian final two-state settlement it will always be separated from the West Bank across 30 Israeli desert miles. The best minds have tried to figure this one out... an elevated highway linking Gaza...

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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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