Category Archives: Libya

Libya’s decentralized rebellion: will it produce a weak state?

I have a short blurb up on, along with four other Libya commentators, on the challenges facing the new interim government. Others mentioned the political transition, disarmament, and changing the Qaddafi-era habit of reliance on connections and corruption. I mentioned the … Continue reading

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What’s next in Libya?

Here are a couple of articles I recently wrote from Libya for the Economist and Foreign Policy, largely looking forward to the kinds of issues which the country might face after the rebel victory: For the atmosphere in Tripoli, I … Continue reading

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Tripoli looks likely to fall

I’m currently in Benghazi. The city is rejoicing at the impending fall of Tripoli, but of course as a journalist I’m kind of on the wrong side the country from where I ought to be. I’m trying not to be … Continue reading

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Libya links, Mar27

Juan Cole puts together a very good case for intervention My thoughts on the intervention, posted on

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UNSC Ex Machina

The no-fly zone just passed. Al-Jazeera English is showing the crowds in the corniche in front of Benghazi’s courthouse going wild. They’re firing off the big anti-aircraft gun, too, which maybe isn’t the most appropriate way to celebrate a resolution … Continue reading

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On the likely imposition of a no-fly zone

As you can read a few posts zone, I was pretty skeptical about the advisability of a no-fly zone two weeks ago. No longer. Partially, this is the result of a very brief trip to Benghazi — it’s extremely hard … Continue reading

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Libya: More on no-flight zones

With the military situation in Libya possibly drifting towards a stalemate, there seem to be increasing numbers of calls for the imposition of a no-flight zone — particularly as now Libyan rebels themselves are calling for outside help. General James … Continue reading

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