From Hero to Villain: The Arab World’s Hugo Chavez Arc

When Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away last week, the public in the Arab world felt as if they lost one of their own. Chavez who ruled Venezuela for 14 years did make a huge impact on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans and at the same time made very...

Reconciling Displaced Libyans and Their Neighbors

While this month marked the second anniversary since the start of Libya’s uprising, the country is still struggling with the ramifications of its upheaval and the difficulties of reconciliation following its violent conflict. Thousands of Libyans remain...

HuffPost Live: Is Libya better off now?

“I think we have to look at the situation as a very complex one,” said Bennis, who runs the New Internationalism Project in our institute. Other participants were HuffPost Live Host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Mouaz Moustafa of the Syrian Emergency Task Force,...
Ex-Qahdafi Flunkies Debate Claims He Gave Sarkozy 50 Million Euros

Ex-Qahdafi Flunkies Debate Claims He Gave Sarkozy 50 Million Euros

Cross-posted from the Arabist. The French news site Mediapart has released another document it claims shows that French President Nicholas Sarkozy and his close associates had maintained backdoor ties to the Libyan government from 2005 to 2011, including a...
The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was found guilty of 11 charges by a court in the Netherlands, is a man of many firsts. He’s the first head of state to have escaped from a medium-security prison in the United States. He was the first sitting head of...
Qadhafi Family’s Money Confiscated, Accounts Frozen

Qadhafi Family’s Money Confiscated, Accounts Frozen

Straight-up Bond villain extravagances via Hannibal Qadhafi, reports the Financial Times. The dictator’s son was building himself a cruise ship with a shark tank: “Replete with marble columns, gold-framed mirrors and huge statues, the Phoenicia was to have...
Libya’s Lessons

Libya’s Lessons

Libya is commonly counted as a success story among the ongoing Arab uprisings. NATO bombing, the story goes, saved thousands of lives and allowed Libyans to overthrow the absurd and murderous Muammar Gaddafi. The intervention proves that the West has aligned its...
My Memories of Libya

My Memories of Libya

In the early spring 1982, I accompanied former U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk to Libya. National Geographic had asked him to get Libyan permission to film several sites of Roman ruins. He met with officials; I walked Tripoli’s streets. At a coffee shop near the...
Rebuilding Libya

Rebuilding Libya

Muammar Gaddafi’s misuse of governmental instruments and assets for over 42 years has left a gaping political vacuum, a severely impaired civil service, and a virtually non-existent civil society in Libya. Decades of intentional manipulation of state resources...
Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1%...

Does Kim Need to Keep His Nukes to Avoid Gaddafi’s Fate?

You’re no doubt familiar with the notion that nuclear weapon states will be loath to give up their nuclear weapons — and those that seek them their aspirations — since Moammar Gaddafi forfeited his nuclear-weapons program. Choosing to go...

Gaddafi Took Knowledge of Where Bodies Were Buried to the Grave

When cable television gets around to retelling the last hours of the life of Moammar Gadhafi, it could be titled “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, or maybe “Why He Had to Go.” In all the speculation about why the late Libyan ruler was assassinated,...
What’s Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?

What’s Next for U.S.-Libyan Relations?

After Muammar Gaddafi’s demise, the future of Libya’s relationship with the United States remains uncertain. Libya ousted its longtime leader in essentially a civil war in which the U.S. and NATO backed one side. This is a stark contrast with the...
Gaddafi’s Grim End

Gaddafi’s Grim End

Like any good liberal I thought that Muammar Gaddafi, after being captured by rebel forces, should have been read his Miranda rights and then taken directly to jail to await trial by a jury of his peers. After being indicted, of course. As a human being, however, I...
As Predicted, Gaddafi Ended up in a Hidey Hole Like Saddam

As Predicted, Gaddafi Ended up in a Hidey Hole Like Saddam

While it didn’t take much imagination to envision the eventual outcome, we thought we’d take this opportunity to re-run this post from February. Will Gaddafi meet his end strung up like Mussolini, shot like Nicolae Ceausescu, or hanged like Saddam? Or will...