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Same month, same airport, same Benghazi? A prince returns

Same month, same airport, same Benghazi? A prince returns

 

Going home. The resonance of that phrase is universal. The happy homecoming. The poignant or sad one. The unsure one. The second chance one.
For His Royal Highness Prince Mahdi Al-Senussi that ultimate appellation of his “going home” remains to be determined. Forty-two years to the month that Prince …

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Confusion in Benghazi

Confusion in Benghazi

With the election behind us and David Petraeus having testified in closed House and Senate hearings, we may hope for a more measured and less emotional examination of the events in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. In a previous post, I looked at some of the background behind the …

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Security in Benghazi

Security in Benghazi

 
There seem to be two enduring issues surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. The one that has received the most attention is the election-year hysteria over a supposed administration effort to cover up the fact of an attack. I shall return …

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In defense of people who often find themselves “sitting around talking about Libya.”

In defense of people who often find themselves “sitting around talking about Libya.”


 
During Monday night’s town hall style debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the domestic issues once again seem poised to take the spotlight until one Mr. Kerry Ladka took to the microphone.  Asking President Obama about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, …

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Biden’s Comments on Benghazi Attack Sparks New Debate

Biden’s Comments on Benghazi Attack Sparks New Debate

In their sole debate before the election, Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Congressman Paul Ryan sparred for 90 minutes on the direction of U.S. policy, both for foreign and domestic.  Last night’s debate was a stark contrast to last week’s meeting between the two men at the top …

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Questions Raised by Anti-Islamic Publications

Questions Raised by Anti-Islamic Publications

Less than a week after a controversial, anti-Islamic film incited violence throughout the Middle East, riots and protests gained momentum from a French satirical magazine’s publication of crude representations of the Prophet Muhammad. Meant to mock violence sparked by the American-made film Innocence of Muslims, the French weekly, Charlie Hebdo, …

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The Candidates and the Attack in Benghazi

The Candidates and the Attack in Benghazi

The protest and violence associated with a film highly offensive to Islam is sure to play an outsized role in foreign policy discussions for the rest of the presidential race. Mitt Romney’s initial reaction to the Obama administration’s handling of unfolding events—and the backlash against Romney …

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This Is No Spontaneous Uprising

This Is No Spontaneous Uprising


Over the last several decades, a variety of movements have arisen in the Arab and Islamic countries–a radical nationalism (Baath socialist, Marxist, pan-Arab, and so forth) and a series of Islamist movements (meaning Islamic fundamentalism in a political version). The movements have varied hugely and have even gone …

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GailForce: War on Any Given Day – Libya

GailForce:  War on Any Given Day – Libya

A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to get a phone call inviting me to the Democratic Convention to hear President Obama give his acceptance speech.  I’m a registered independent voter and over the course of my life have voted for candidates of both parties.  Attending the convention was …

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Foreign Affairs Report: Libya in Crisis

Foreign Affairs Report: Libya in Crisis


To provide context to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Foreign Affairs has put together a collection of the 33 best pieces on the country.
Spanning nearly 20 years, “Libya in Crisis” includes articles by Middle East …

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Time to Reflect on the Price of Freedom

Time to Reflect on the Price of Freedom

Sometimes you have to do quite a bit of searching to find a good topic for an article. Sometimes the topic finds you. Since my blog is about democracy, I would be remiss if I did not mention the events that transpired on the evening of Sept. 11, 2012 in …

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American Ambassador Killed in Libya

American Ambassador Killed in Libya

 

I’m saddened by the murder of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, his colleague Sean Smith, …

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Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards (2012)

Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards (2012)

This short (59 min.) film was shot in 2003, well before the revolution that resulted in Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster and death in 2011.
While an interesting topic, it will most likely be relegated to a small footnote in Libya’s history.
From the time he took power in 1969, Colonel Qaddafi …

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Syria: Sarkozy’s comeback?

Syria: Sarkozy’s comeback?

He simply could not resist. The addiction of power won over his pledge; Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made his return to political life by igniting a new controversy over the lack of action of French President François Hollande in Syria. In a joint statement with Abdulbaset Sieda, …

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U.S. Financial Support for Democratic Transition in the Middle East

U.S. Financial Support for Democratic Transition in the Middle East

Currently, a key question for U.S. policymakers is how to engage with and/or support new governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. For those of you interested in the topic of U.S. foreign assistance to the Middle East, I strongly recommend a new Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) paper,

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