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Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Libya: Still a Fractured Land

Disagreement over how money from the country’s oil, which represents 98% of government revenue, should be distributed is paralyzing Libyan peace efforts.

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The Islamic State in Libya

The Islamic State in Libya

ISIS’ growing activity has caught the attention of U.S. officials who see no other option than to address the Islamic State threat in Libya with military action.

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America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

America’s Diplomats: Review by George F. Paik

Visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues.

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America’s Diplomats: Review By Jim Quirk

America’s Diplomats: Review By Jim Quirk

While much of the media focuses on U.S. foreign policy failures, scandals, or intra-agency turf battles, this film reminds us that the career personnel are talented, dedicated people whose commitment to public service and American interests includes considerable sacrifice.

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America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Gary Sands

America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Gary Sands

“America’s Diplomats”, the Foreign Policy Association latest production is a must-see documentary for anyone interested in the history of American diplomacy or considering a career in the Foreign Service.

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Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Does the Egyptian Military Regime Work for U.S. and Allies?

Since the Egyptian military ousted former President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government in a coup in July 2013, a stricter and an increasingly oppressive rule governs Africa’s third most populous country, but one that may not be that unwelcome with the U.S. or its allies.

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The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

The Saudi and Emirati response to Qatar is all about domestic unrest

Qatar’s financial habits have been the subject of a lot of media coverage lately due to the successes of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the setbacks the Syrian opposition actors the Gulf states were pinning their hopes on have suffered at the hands of ISIS. Kuwait, through …

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Libya: Trying to establish order amid chaos

Libya: Trying to establish order amid chaos

While no road to democracy is smooth, Libya has seen its fair share of upheaval since the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011 helped bust open the Arab Spring. Discord has escalated in the last month, threatening rule of law and the transitional government’s legitimacy.
Let’s go back to May 4, …

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Chaos deepens in Libya

Chaos deepens in Libya

One might think that Libya could have a greater chance of succeeding at the Arab Spring, given its tiny population and vast oil resources. The OPEC nation is spared the economic woes of cash-strapped Tunisia, the heterogeneity of war-torn Syria or the demographic challenges of Egypt. But the country has …

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Armed to the Teeth: The Security Problem with Libya and its Weapons Cache

Armed to the Teeth: The Security Problem with Libya and its Weapons Cache

 
When the Libyan Civil War ended with the death of Muammar Gaddafi in October of 2011, the country rejoiced, as they had finally rid themselves of tyrannical rule that lasted 42 years. Shortly after, the National Transitional Council (NTC) declared Libya “liberated” and announced …

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Libya pleads for international help amid government failures

Libya pleads for international help amid government failures

 
In its most hard-worded statement to date, the Libyan government on Mar. 20 vowed to eliminate terrorism and mobilize “the national military force” to confront the threat. According to the release, “the cities of Benghazi, Derna, Sirte and others face a terrorist war led by Libyan and foreign elements …

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Chemical Weapons destroyed as Libya descends into chaos

Chemical Weapons destroyed as Libya descends into chaos

Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz announced earlier this week that with Western assistance, Libya had completed the destruction of its chemical weapons. The process to dismantle the Libyan chemical stockpile began in 2004 under the Ghaddafi regime as part of his campaign to normalize relations with the West. At …

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Talking Defense – Part 1: The Road to December European Council summit

Talking Defense – Part 1: The Road to December European Council summit


On December 19 and 20, 2013, the European Council will be discussing the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), simply known as European defense. In order to cover such event a multi-part analysis will be adopted comporting several dimensions: context; the meeting; reflections on the aftermath of the Council …

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Libya and the Sahel: Has a Dictator’s Demise Doomed the Region?

Libya and the Sahel: Has a Dictator’s Demise Doomed the Region?

After the fall from power in 2011 of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya’s de facto ruler for forty-two years, there was no lack of backslapping bonhomie among NATO country members who had helped overthrow the despot from power. Indeed, the West’s bombing sorties had been skillfully executed, with France and Great Britain playing …

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Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

To coup or not to coup? Who cares? Whatever label it is being given, coup or revolution, what the Egyptian military accomplished less than one week ago is removing a government supposedly democratically elected. This comes on the heels of a previous removal of a …

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