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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

Brexit Hangover: A Field Guide for Americans

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 1:35 PM

The political and financial impact of yesterday's "Brexit" vote will have long-lasting and profound implications for the U.S. presidential campaign, for the U.S. - European relationship, and for Europe itself. Once the Brexit proponents finish downing their champagne, the hangovers will settle in, for certain. They know not what they...

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Urgent Call to Action: You Tube Must Cease Abetting Terrorism in the U.S.

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 2:39 PM

What if I told you that YouTube is abetting radical jihadi terrorism in the United States? What if I also told you that YouTube management has turned a blind eye to appeals to cease doing so? Wouldn't you want to have YouTube management hear your outcry?

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Why Is Sanders Trying to Crash My Party?

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 5:35 PM

Last Sunday, I drove back to my old 'hood in the Flatbush/Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn to show my son where I was born. It is the same neighborhood where Bernie Sanders and my mother were born and raised and attended James Madison High -- which boasts quite a legendary roster...

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Thank You for Your Service, Mr. Rhodes

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 3:28 PM

Are American national interests in the Middle East better off today than they were over seven years ago when Mr. Obama became President? It depends whether you ask Benjamin Rhodes, President Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications (a.k.a. Obama's "Tonto" on all things Middle East). According to Rhodes,...

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Obama Flies to Riyadh: Are U.S.--Saudi Ties Too Big to Fail?

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:51 AM

President Obama leaves Washington today for his third and final presidential "hajj" to Saudi Arabia for tense meetings with newly installed Saudi King Salman. By any measure, the once "enduring" U.S. - Saudi alliance is on a collision course, triggered by a fateful election year reckoning long overdue of the...

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Mr. Trump at AIPAC: The Art of the Spiel

(29) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Taking the stage Monday night at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Republican presidential candidate declared his favorite refrain: "There is no one who is a greater supporter of Israel than me!" Before the 18,000 AIPAC delegates packed into Washington's Verizon Center Trump delivered a much anticipated address intended to...

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Morocco's Dependable Friendship Warrants American Gratitude and Support

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Americans have rare excuse to applaud an Arab state given the turmoil in the Middle East. What with ISIS, Iran's dangerous support for terror, the endless violence, and Jihadi threats gripping the region, it is a challenge identifying a strong dependable, and extraordinarily supportive Arab ally in the chaos.

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:28 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 | 7:54 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 | 2:02 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 | 9:36 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 | 9:20 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 | 2:11 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 | 5:48 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 | 1:01 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 | 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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