The Model for North Korea’s Denuclearization Isn’t Libya

May 24, 2018

A revised and improved Cuba model for denuclearizing North Korea might have gotten a more receptive ear from Pyongyang.  Last month, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, proposed that the model for denuclearization of North Korea was “the Libya model from 2003,...

No Donald, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be Stable Under Saddam

October 07, 2015

Donald Trump thinks the Middle East would be more stable under Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. Juan Cole disagrees. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has alleged that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were...

Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya is a Failed State

April 07, 2015

Weapons are pouring out of Africa’s most oil-rich country, while extremist fighters tumble in. Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan ruler, Libya has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity...

Post-Uprising Arms Proliferation is Destabilizing the Middle East

February 20, 2014

Arms proliferation is further destabilizing the Middle East and North Africa. In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the...

Correcting the Course of Libya’s Revolution (Part 2/2)

February 14, 2014

Libya's elected parliament became a base where different factions manipulated other arms of the state. Of the proposals for dealing with the expiring mandate of the General National Congress (GNC) and rectifying the larger political problems which have...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

Is Qatar’s Love Affair with the Muslim Brotherhood Really Over?

December 24, 2013

Qatar’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood has not ended. Political analysts are looking at the seismic transfer of power from Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim, in order to examine a number of issues. Sheikh Hamad's abdication occurred just...

Tuareg: Making Microphones Mightier Than Swords

December 22, 2013

Tuareg musicians around the world are engaging in a lyrical battle. "Is the revolution like those trees / whose branches will grow if we water them? / I have lived with this obsession for 10 years / I have come among brothers / My friends, what do you think? These men have been living with...

The Zero Problem Effect: Turkey’s Neoliberal Fear (Part 2/2)

November 17, 2013

Turkey’s reconfigured relations with Syria are part of a broader regional strategy. Under the influence of current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who previously served as an AKP advisor for many years, Turkey began to pursue numerous policies aimed at fostering...

Libya: Weapons Proliferation and Regional Stability in the Sahel

August 30, 2013

Libyan weapons have further militarized movements in Africa. The 2011 fall of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi and the subsequent breakdown in order in Libya, has been a major contributor to the instability plaguing large swaths of the Sahel region and Northwest Africa. In particular, the flow of...

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