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This is no time to abandon Yemen

/ Feb 20, 2015

This is no time to abandon Yemen

To ensure that the recent overthrow of its government by the Shiite Houthi rebel movement does not deal Yemen the lethal blow that it has avoided so far, the international community must not abandon the country in what may be its hour of greatest ...

/ Jun 13, 2014

Gadhafi casts a long shadow

Libya's leaders — and their Western benefactors — must realize that only modernization of Libya's state and society — the agenda that Moammar Gadhafi pursued, albeit in a perverted form — will ensure the country's survival.

/ Oct 15, 2013

The narrative plot against Syria

America must focus on unifying Syria's bickering rebels before it can persuade Syrians that the campaign to destroy chemical weapons is not aimed at imposing a neo-colonial order.

/ Jan 14, 2013

Co-opting militias takes priority over Benghazi

As the United States struggles to understand last September's attack on its diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a formal investigation has not even been opened in Libya — and likely never will ...

/ Jul 12, 2012

Libya's unwilling revolutionaries

Egypt is not the only place where the bright hopes of the Arab Spring are fading. From attacks against Western governments to ethnic clashes in remote desert oases, Libya's revolution is faltering. The blame for Libya's travails rests largely with the interim government that led ...

/ Dec 28, 2011

Rebuilding the ruins of post-Gadhafi Libya

With the creation of a new government, Libya's leaders should finally be able to focus on organizing the transition from the authoritarian state that they inherited to the more pluralistic one they envisage. But are they really able and willing to achieve that goal? In ...

/ Aug 29, 2011

Libya faces period of reliance on foreign help

Six months after Libyan rebels took up arms against the country's leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, they have finally toppled him. But while victorious on the battlefield, they have not been triumphant in political and economic terms. If the rebels are to ensure their revolution's long-term ...