From The New Yorker: ‘How Qaddafi Lost Libya’

Full post here.

Andrew Solomon notes the young and the economy:

“The most obvious problem here, as in much of the Middle East, is vast youth unemployment, for the amelioration of which there are no programs at all.”

and:

“If Qaddafi goes, there are not enough trained bureaucrats or statesmen to construct a new Libyan government that is not an extension of the old one, and this fact alone could propel Libya back into some form of tribalism.”

Qaddafi has been more dictatorial, more brutal than most.  He’s closed off the country and prevented institutions from forming without his control.  He does keeps the tribes together.

Related On This Site:   From Abu Muqawama: ‘Mubarak And Me’Walter Russell Mead At The American Interest: ‘Mubaraks, Mamelukes, Modernizers and Muslims’Fareed Zakaria At Time: ‘Why There’s No Turning Back in the Middle East’

From March 27th, 2009 At WhiteHouse.Gov: Remarks By The President On A New Strategy For Afghanistan And PakistanFrom CSIS: ‘Turmoil In The Middle-East’

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