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Aug 27, 2011

This Week at War: Hold That Model

by Robert Haddick

It’s too early to call Libya a success story.

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Aug 23, 2011

Keys to a brighter future for Libya

by Ambassador Edward Djerejian

(CNN) — The likely fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime poses critical challenges to the emerging new Libyan leadership, to the United States and to the international community, and has important political implications for the future of the Syrian regime.

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Aug 23, 2011

Libya Inspires the Arabs

by Marc Lynch

The scenes of the joyous reception for Libyan “Freedom Fighters” entering Tripoli with little resistance yesterday sent an electric shock through the Arab public.

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Aug 22, 2011

In Libya’s Wake: Pressure Builds on Assad

Was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad one of the millions around the world who watched Libyan revolutionaries triumphantly stream into their capital Tripoli on Sunday night? Did the sudden collapse of most of the Libyan regime’s defenses in and around Tripoli cause Assad to feel a heightened sense of anxiety? It’s impossible to tell but the Twittersphere certainly drew parallels between the two regimes, with many jubilant commentators predicting that the young Syrian president would be the next Arab leader toppled by his people.

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Aug 19, 2011 / 2 notes
Aug 18, 2011

How Arab youth found its voice

by Ibrahim Mothana

How the Arab youth found its voice

When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia in January, he did not only ignite a series of unpredicted revolts but also heralded the first appearance of Arab youth on the stage of modern history.

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Aug 11, 2011 / 1 note

A Revolutionary Ramadan

by Foreign Policy

A great slideshow summarizing where the uprisings in the Arab world stand today.

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Jul 30, 2011

A Ramadan of Discontent

by Babak Dehghanpisheh

Prayer in Libya

Activists from Egypt to Syria to Libya will use the Muslim holy month to stage protests against hardline regimes—which may launch their own crackdowns, writes Babak Dehghanpisheh.

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Jul 21, 2011

Sure, ‘Gaddafi Must Go’, But What Else Did U.S. Officials Tell the Libyan Leader’s Envoys?

by Tony Karon

Washington insists that the U.S. officials who met with representatives of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Tunisia last week were not negotiating; they simply went to deliver one message: “Gaddafi must go.” There’s no reason to doubt that this demand was the center-piece of what the Americans told Gaddafi’s emissaries, since Obama Administration concurs with all the NATO powers — and even those skeptical of the Western alliance’s war effort, such as Russia and the African Union — that the key to a political solution to the conflict is for the self-styled “Brother Leader” to relinquish power. But that message has been delivered repeatedly through the metaphorical megaphone of the media throughout the five-month civil war. Presumably the reason it was communicated discreetly by diplomats behind closed doors last weekend is that it was accompanied by some ideas on just how Gaddafi might “go”, and what would follow if he does.  

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