Libya’s Col Muammar Gaddafi is dead, but his shadow and the decades of his iron rule have not quite departed to the other side.
The checkpoint outside Misrata on the Tripoli road is more like an international border than the boundary of a city.
CAIRO — Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, killing the American ambassador and three members of his staff and raising questions about the radicalization of countries swept up in the Arab Spring.
Countries transitioning to democracy must change old models of organizing the police, armed services, and intelligence services, which typically were characterized by mistreatment of the public, for models that stress transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement. Yet each new government in the Middle East and North Africa must tailor its reforms …
It is difficult to sum up the alliance of parties that has done so well in Libya’s first elections since the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi.