Libya’s Shifting Balance of Power
General Haftar is a dilemma for the government minister Bashagha, as well as an opportunity. In view is a potential bargain that would facilitate Haftar’s inclusion in a future government—provided, of course, that he rejects “military rule.” The question is, will he?
March 19, 2019
Iran’s State of Fear
We are witnessing today the intensification of the post-election crackdown, perhaps the severest the country has experienced since the death of Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. This campaign is aimed not only at the usual dissidents among the intelligentsia, political activists, students, and journalists, but also at men once considered regime insiders.
March 3, 2011
Nuclear Madness in Tripoli
If any further proof is needed of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi’s mental instability it is provided by WikiLeaks dispatches from US diplomats in Tripoli in November and December of 2009. At issue was some nearly loose nuclear material, a Russian plane, and a lone security guard—a footnote in the WikiLeaks scandal that many may have missed. But first, a little background.
February 23, 2011