Next Steps for a Post-Qadhafi Libya

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by Andrew Fenzel Now that Muammar Qadhafi is no longer in power, the next step is to ensure that Libya becomes a stable nation. Until recently, however, there was no mention of a post-conflict strategy – a surprising development given the lessons of Iraq.  As the conflict speeds toward a conclusion, Western leaders, along with the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional …

Separated by a Common Alliance

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by Griffin W. Huschke So now we’re in-fighting in NATO over the whole Libya thing.  Thirteen days into the NATO-led bombing campaign against loyalist forces in Libya, and the alliance is already showing signs of strain.  The Hawks, led by France and the UK, have expressed their displeasure over the small impact the bombing missions have made thus far (the …

Profane Diplomacy

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by Griffin W. Huschke I really thought we were done with this, but I guess old habits are hard to break.  In a move entirely consistent with what we’ll call “our son of a bitch” diplomacy, the UK and US have dropped sanctions against Moussa Kuossa, the former head of the Libyan national intelligence service who most recently served as the Foreign Minister …

Alphabet Soup and the Libya No-Fly Zone

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by Griffin W. Huschke International Relations theory is weird.   In most cases, policy is constructed in dichotomies of “realism versus idealism” or “liberal versus conservative”.  Never one to follow the pack, international relations theory is full of philosophies that aren’t traditionally juxtaposed in political discourse: in the US , the competing schools in IR theory are realism, liberalism and constructivism, with a …