The Logic of Unintended Consequences: The ‘Mess in Mali’

April 11, 2012 by

The intentional misreading of UN security council resolution 1973 resulted in NATO’s predictably violent Operation Odyssey in Libya last year. Not only did the action cost many thousands of lives and untold destruction, it also paved the way for perpetual conflict - not only in Libya but throughout North Africa.

Compliance and the Counter-Revolutionary State: The Case of the United States

March 14, 2012 by

Many adversarial relationships exist in politics. On the domestic level, political parties frequently compete with each other to gain control of coveted offices. A contest, which transpires on the international level during periods of international revolution, is counter-revolutionary and revolutionary states spreading opposing doctrines.

Syria’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis

March 13, 2012 by

The conflict in Syria is escalating daily, with increasing numbers of men, women and children killed, detained, injured or tortured. The United Nations estimates the death toll at more than 7,500 with civilian deaths growing at 100 per day. Between 100,000 and 200,000 other Syrians have been internally displaced. The Jordanian government estimates another 80,000 refugees have crossed the border into Jordan.

Now Is Not the Time for Intervention In Syria

February 20, 2012 by

As pressure mounts on foreign powers to consider intervening militarily in Syria, analogies are being drawn between what NATO accomplished in Libya and whether something comparable may be possible in Syria. Military intervention would perhaps make the West feel better — knowing that it attempted to do something concrete to end the bloodshed — but it is unlikely to be successful for several reasons.

The Continuation of Unnecessary American Nation-Building Missions

February 9, 2012 by

A common occurrence within the discipline of international relations is various schools of thought being subjected to criticism. A school of thought that has faced a considerable amount of scrutiny in recent years is realism. One of the reasons why realists have been inundated with criticism is because they place so much emphasis on the state. This preoccupation with the state is thought to be unnecessary in the eyes of realism’s detractors since this actor is not as influential as it used to be.

When Clouds Appear…

January 8, 2012 by

The year gone by has been one of civil protests, upheaval and violence in many parts of the world. Old wars continued, most notably in Afghanistan and Iraq. Peaceful awakening movements that sprang up with much hope in Algeria and Tunisia turned violent as they spread east from North Africa to the Gulf region. A brief and bloody war in Libya, with an overt display of NATO’s military power on behalf of the anti-Gaddafi forces, resulted in his overthrow and brutal killing.

Obama polls high on Foreign Affairs, but struggles domestically

November 10, 2011 by

Current GOP presidential candidates are fond of criticizing President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, but few offer policy alternatives of their own. Obama could very well attribute his election in 2008 to his opposition to the Iraq War. His opponent for the Democratic party nomination, Hillary Clinton, the current Secretary of State, could not offer a reasonable explanation to validate her vote for the Iraq War in 2003.

Continuing Uncertainties in the Arab World

November 1, 2011 by

The powerful wave in favour of democracy has not only uprooted many well-entrenched dictatorial regimes in the Arab world but it has also paved the way for the emergence of new power-equations among member-states of the region and in their relations with several of the polar powers. The popular upsurge, the Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia against strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, also known as Jasmine revolution, spreading over the Arab world has, perhaps, taken the most appropriate toll on the late Col. Gaddafi.

What Next for Libya?

October 24, 2011 by

Libyan Colonel Gaddafi’s 42 year brutal reign is over, but the future looks murky for a country primarily known for exporting oil and terrorism. One thing is for certain – international oil companies will be packing out flights to Tripoli to cut deals for a piece of the action. Libya remains the wild card, with only 25 percent of the country’s oil potential territory explored.

The Killing of Muammar Gaddafi

October 23, 2011 by

Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. This verse from the Bible speaks aloud of the manner of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, as well as his brutal killing. It is also a lesson for those who fought Gaddafi. The end of him has left a disturbing trail of savagery, from which the victors have not emerged unscathed.

U.S. to remove all troops from Iraq by year-end

October 21, 2011 by

The administration announced Friday that all U.S. combat forces will be out of Iraq by year-end, leaving in place a security contingent of several hundred troops to protect U.S. embassy personal. “As promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” President Obama announced.

Obama Claims Vindication

October 21, 2011 by

The death of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was hailed here Thursday by both the administration of President Barack Obama and some of his Republican foes as the latest in a series of victories for U.S. foreign policy. In a brief televised appearance in the White House Rose Garden, Obama himself called Gaddafi’s demise “a momentous day in the history of Libya” and, somewhat uncharacteristically, extolled U.S. leadership in the multinational effort to oust him.

Gaddafi is dead: What now for the region?

October 20, 2011 by

The death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte highlights the remarkable impact a single individual can have on a whole country. Until he was captured or killed Libyans could not get on with the job of rebuilding. His mere existence represented an inspiration to his followers and a continuing threat to the new order. Gaddafi’s death will, therefore, clear the way for the provisional government to get on with its job.

McCain offers praise to Obama Administration

October 20, 2011 by

While the GOP presidential field remained relatively silent on whether President Obama deserves any credit for the death of Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, Obama’s 2008 rival gave credit to the administration today. Speaking on Fox News today, McCain said, “This is a victory for the president, the Obama administration but most importantly” for Libyans fighting the last vestiges of the Qaddafi regime.

After Gaddafi, will Libya’s ‘resource curse’ become a blessing?

October 4, 2011 by

With the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi’s autocratic regime, the transitional government in Libya is prompting hopes for a new era of democracy in the country. While a swift transition to democracy is certainly desirable, a question arises: to what extent is democratisation going to help the economic development of Libya? This question has a complicated answer.

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