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U.S. Evacuation in Libya Shows Ill Effects of American Internventionism

The American foreign policy elite should learn something from the recent humiliating evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya--amid the chaos of tribal civil war in that country--but probably won't. Since World War II, this bipartisan elite has thumbed its nose at the traditional U.S. Show More Summary

Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood's Last Stand?

(Source: Facebook) Libya is a failing state. The central government has no control of even the capital Tripoli, which is now controlled by competing militias. The General National Congress of Libya (GNC), due to hand over power on Aug. Show More Summary

The Mental Block and the Broadside

Analysis of foreign affairs problems often ends in a mental block. As we have seen in each of our recent crises -- Somalia, Mali, Libya, Syria, Iraq, the Ukraine and Iran -- "practical" men of affairs want quick answers: they say inShow More Summary

Coup Fever

It's chaos these days in Libya. Rival militias have carved up the country and the major cities. The security situation has deteriorated to such an extent that legislators in Tripoli recently had to abandon their parliament building for...Show More Summary

Groundhog day in Libya

'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.' This is what W C Fields might now be saying to a US backed rebel Libyan general who has now tried twice to stage a military coup and failed each time. Show More Summary

The Libyan Revolution's Hard Reset: A UN Solution to Unblock the Libyan Stalemate

Very little has been achieved in Libya since the country held its first free elections amid much euphoria. The elected General National Congress and the appointed government are seen by most Libyans and many observers as responsible for the current deteriorating situation. Show More Summary

Al Saadi Al Qaddafi trial likely to shed light on dark history of Libyan soccer

By James M. Dorsey It was only a matter of time before Al Saadi Al Qaddafi, the notorious, soccer-obsessed third son of toppled Libyan leader Col. Moammar Qaddafi would be extradited to Libya by Niger, one of the world's poorest countries that plays a key role in Western efforts to defeat Al Qaeda affiliates in the Sahel and North and West Africa. Show More Summary

The coup that wasn't

The last seven days have been eventful ones in Libya. A senior army officer with three decades of links to the CIA announced a military coup and the suspension of parliament. Two heavily armed militias from Zintan, gave parliament five hours to surrender its powers, but then extended the deadline to Friday night. Show More Summary

Water More Important Than Oil for the Future of the Arab World

For too many in the Arab World today the most immediate challenges are all-consuming. From the Syria crisis and its spillover effects, the difficult political transitions underway in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen,...Show More Summary

A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

Obama's Washington Is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Region Cross-posted with Put in context, the simultaneous raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the...Show More Summary

Liberated Libya at 2: Three Big Questions to Answer Before Future Interventions

Two years since we succeeded in helping depose longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, things are not looking very rosy in liberated Libya. In fact, anything but stable Libya, flooded with weapons and still without a constitution,Show More Summary

Why Assad Will Win

When the Syrian civil war began in 2011, it seemed like another example of the Arab Spring which led to the overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and the ouster of Mubarak in Egypt. The end of the rule of the Assads (father and son) seemed likely. Show More Summary

Saif Gaddafi's Trial in Libya Is Victor's Justice

On 20 October it will be two years since the death of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, a mere colonel in the Libyan army but "Brother Leader" of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - a man who wielded more power...Show More Summary

Shai Franklin: Between Benghazi and Syria, GOP Hawks Lack Credibility

Thanks in no small part to the unceasing efforts by interventionist Republicans to criminalize the very Libya campaign they had once demanded, they have erased all credit for its nominal success -- even as they call for stronger measures in Syria.

Ivan Eland: Decentralize to Neutralize Turmoil in Middle East

Unlike Egypt -- in which the divisiveness is over whether the state should govern using religious principles or secular ones -- the conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Iraq are more tribally based or ethno-sectarian in nature. The latter three may be more solvable without the need for a despot, elected or not, at the helm.

Michael Shank: How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

Dr. Charles G. Cogan: Win a Few, Lose a Few

The United States and its Allies outsmarted the Russians on Libya -- by enticing it into supporting a UN Security Council vote against Qadhafi. So...

Ethan Chorin: Supercharging Medical Assistance in Syria and Libya

It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, multilateral organizations and commercial...

Rajan Menon: What's Russia Doing in Syria and Why

Moscow's take on the Libya war is that a Security Council resolution crafted to protect civilians ended up enabling regime change, which was never the original intent. Russia is determined that Syria not be Libya redux.

Ian Williams: The Road To -- And From -- Damascus

Ordinary Syrians are paying the price for the maladroit handling of the earlier intervention in Libya -- and indeed in Iraq. Blair and Bush's great adventure in Iraq understandably soured the enthusiasm of much of the world for intervention in general.

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