Opening Doors - The Abraham Accords: Roundtable with Ambassadors David Fischer and John Rakolta


Opening Doors - The Abraham Accords


Ambassador David Fischer and Ambassador John Rakolta served on the front lines of the Middle East peace process in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. While tensions in the Middle East continued to fester, nonetheless Ambassadors Fischer and Rakolta helped to normalize relations between Israel and Morocco, and between Israel and the UAE. In addition to their peacebuilding efforts in the region, Ambassadors Fischer and Rakolta also developed deeper relationships between the U.S. and their host nations. In this Roundtable, they offer a behind-the-scenes look at the unique opportunities and challenges they faced as non-career ambassadors as well as the creation of the Abraham Accords.


Recording Index

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Ambassador David Fischer's Remarks

Ambassador John Rakolta's Remarks

Strengths and Challenges as Noncareer Ambassadors

The Story Behind the Abraham Accords

Moroccan Sovereignty Over the Sahara

The Future of Israel-Palestine Relations and Building on the Abraham Accords

Closing Thoughts on Diplomatic Service and the Peace Process

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