Tagged: Libya

Libya, the West and the Narrative of Democracy

Libya, the West and the Narrative of Democracy

By George Friedman Forces from the United States and some European countries have intervened in Libya. Under U.N. authorization, they have imposed a no-fly zone in Libya, meaning they will shoot down any Libyan aircraft that attempts to fly within Libya....

Libya's opposition leadership comes into focus

Libya's opposition leadership comes into focus

Libya has descended to a situation tantamount to civil war, with forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the west pitted against rebels from the east. One of the biggest problems faced by Western governments has been identifying exactly...

UN Security Council votes No-Fly for Libya

UN Security Council votes No-Fly for Libya

The United Nations Security Council has adopted Resolution 1973 (2011) [Full text]. Ten votes in favor, 0 against, 5 abstentions. Russia, China, Germany, India and Brazil abstained. Germany says, that it will not deploy troops to Libya, as it reservations...

Taming Chaos with a Personal Plan

Taming Chaos with a Personal Plan

By Scott Stewart Over the past week we’ve seen a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused a nuclear accident, the Saudis sending troops into Bahrain to quell civil unrest there and the government of Yemen taking measures to expel foreign media...

Will Libya again be arsenal of Terrorism?

Will Libya again be arsenal of Terrorism?

By Scott Stewart During the 1970s and 1980s, Libya served as the arsenal of terrorism. While this role may have received the most publicity when large shipments of weapons were intercepted that Libya was trying to send to the Provisional...

France recognizes Libyan rebels as legitimate government

France recognizes Libyan rebels as legitimate government

France became the first country to recognize the Libyan Interim Governing Council as the legitimate government of Libya, Huffington Post writes. “It breaks the ice,” said Mustafa Gheriani, an opposition spokesman. “We expect Italy to do it, and we expect...

Jihadist Opportunities in Libya

Jihadist Opportunities in Libya

By Scott Stewart As George Friedman noted in his geopolitical weekly “Revolution and the Muslim World,” one aspect of the recent wave of revolutions we have been carefully monitoring is the involvement of militant Islamists, and their reaction to these...

Bahrain is more important than Libya

Bahrain is more important than Libya

STRATFOR warns that Bahrain is far more important than the conditions in Libya: “Libya is spiraling out of control and dominating the media. But there’s unrest in lesser-known places that is strategically more important. Bahrain intersects Iranian-Saudi competition and the...