Biden appoints former US ambassador to Morocco to the US Institute of Peace

US President Joe Biden has appointed former US Ambassador to Morocco (1997-2001) Edward Gabriel as a member of the Board of Directors of the US Institute of Peace, a public agency founded by Congress with a mission to prevent and try to resolve wars abroad. 

A new challenge for the diplomat who became the 16th US ambassador to Morocco in 1997. Edward Gabriel has just joined the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace as a member. This former US ambassador to Morocco was appointed to this new position by Joe Biden. Founded in 1984 by the United States Congress, the Institute’s mission is to prevent and resolve international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformation, and consolidate peace. As such, it works with governments and civil societies. This means that Edward Gabriel is in familiar territory.

Indeed, the former US ambassador to Morocco has extensive experience in international relations. He has been involved in organising multilateral political forums on national security, trade and energy issues. He has been involved in Russian nuclear non-proliferation issues, and has actively advised the US government on political concerns in the Middle East. 

Currently, Edward Gabriel is the Chairman of the American Task Force on Lebanon, a non-profit organisation that seeks to strengthen cultural ties between the United States and Lebanon. In addition, he was the founding CEO of one of Washington D.C.’s largest public affairs firms, the Madison Public Affairs Group. Edward Gabriel is also a former senior economic analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy and founding executive director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, an association of Native American tribes that owned energy resources. He also served as Director of the Keystone Policy Center’s Energy Project, a pioneer in electricity sector reform. 

The former US ambassador to Morocco serves on the boards of the American schools in Tangier and Marrakech, the Keystone Policy Center, AMIDEAST and the Lebanese American University. He has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and ACCESS Arab American of the Year, among others, and has been recognised by the FBI for his work on bilateral security issues. He is a recipient of the National Order of Cedar of Lebanon and the Order of Ouissam Alaouite in Morocco.

Ambassador Gabriel holds a B.S. degree in business and an honorary doctorate in law from Gannon University.  It should be noted that his nomination by Biden as a member of the United States Institute of Peace must be confirmed by the Senate. 

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