Qaddafi’s Ghost and the ISIS Campaign

September 09, 2014

Muammar Qaddafi’s ghost has hovered over every effort to find a solution to Syria’s catastrophic civil war. President Barack Obama will seek Americans’ support for a carefully tailored, multi-year strategy to “defeat” the shadowy Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Unlike the...

Pleading for International Help: Government Failures in Libya

March 24, 2014

Libya should look to Tunisia for lessons on building an inclusive transitional body. In its most hard-worded statement to date, the Libyan government on March 20 vowed to eliminate terrorism and mobilize "the national military force" to confront the threat. According to...

Saadi Qaddafi and the Dark History of Libyan Soccer

March 10, 2014

Saadi's trial is likely to shed light on a dark and brutal era in the history of Libyan soccer. It was only a matter of time before Al-Saadi Qaddafi, the notorious, soccer-obsessed third son of toppled Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi, would be extradited to Libya by Niger. His trial is likely...

International Helplessness Over Libya

March 05, 2014

Blind international activism in Libya only risks making matters worse. Western governments have watched with increasing perplexity as, over the course of the past year, militias stopped the bulk of Libya’s oil production, several regions were engulfed in bitter conflicts, and the political...

Correcting the Course of Libya’s Revolution (Part 1/2)

February 06, 2014

Libya's elected parliament became a base where different factions manipulated other arms of the state. Libya is sliding deeper into instability. The joyous and hopeful atmosphere which encircled the 2012 elections for a transitional parliament – the General National Congress (GNC)...

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...