A focus on the differences between political actors and their implications for political development could distract attention from trying to understand the critical institutional changes underway in countries across the Arab world.
Nearly four decades of the Qaddafi regime’s systemic marginalization and mismanagement of Libya’s eastern and southern regions have resulted in deep security, political, and economic problems that continue to challenge the country’s transition toward democracy.
The successes and setbacks of other democratic transitions can provide insight into the problems ahead for the Arab Spring.
Islamist parties will have a dominant impact on the outcome of Arab transitions, but there is little understanding in Washington of what that will mean for governing.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim El Keib discussed Libya’s political transition and the future of U.S.-Libya relations.
The Libyan transition has entered the difficult phase of creating a new political system, which will be shaped by both formal and informal processes.
As the Arab Awakening continues to unfold, the region’s future will hinge on whether greater political freedoms in countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya can be harnessed to produce innovation, economic growth, and a true knowledge economy.
Despite their initial inclination to lower the profile of U.S. democracy promotion, President Obama has had to confront a series of urgent, visible democracy issues, from political upheaval in multiple Arab countries and unexpected events in Russia to thwarted elections in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond.
Former Libyan finance minister Ali Tarhouni discussed the U.S.-Libya relationship and the unique challenge of rebuilding Libya’s oil-rich economy after decades of misrule.
Turkey has a potentially valuable role to play in supporting democracy and state-building in the Arab world, but questions about that role abound.
After the inevitable departure of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya will face the daunting challenge of rebuilding its political system from the ground up.
Just back from the region, Senator Lindsey Graham discussed Afghanistan, Libya, and the future of the war on terror.
With revolutionary change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa and violence erupting in Libya, U.S. policy toward the region is quickly evolving.
Libya is now in the second year of full normalization with the United States, following decades of frozen diplomatic relations. The country still faces many domestic challenges, including the presence of radical Islamist groups and the challenges of transition and reform after years of international isolation.
As counterterrorism policies move away from purely military solutions, counter-radicalization and disengagement programs in North African countries like Egypt, Algeria, and Libya offer an alternative approach.
Discussion of Moisés Naím's new book Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy.
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A discussion on global proliferation dangers based on the new Carnegie study, Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats.
The National Bureau of Asian Research held a conference, Strategic Asia and the War on Terrorism, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on September 22, 2004, in conjunction with the launch of its new book Strategic Asia 2004-2005: Confronting Terrorism in the Pursuit of Power, co-edited by Ashley Tellis and Michael Wills and with a contribution from Michael Swaine.
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