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Elections are not the panacea for Libya’s ills

  • Despite the aspirations of a traumatized, war-weary Libyan populace, and well-intentioned posturing by the international community, promoting the December elections as a foregone conclusion was the height of credulity. This is not the first time that one development or other has been touted a...
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Why the world cannot afford the UN to fail

  • The UN has faced mounting criticism in recent years, but remains the foremost manifestation of a multilateral world order, still well-positioned to navigate the complexities of trying to balance sovereign equality with great power politics in order to preserve and promote relative global peace....
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How shameless self-interest is sabotaging Libya

  • By all indications, Libyans are ready. After more than a decade of chaos and conflict that turned the country into a battleground for foreign interests, Libyans are eagerly awaiting the opportunity in December to elect legitimate political bodies of their choosing, including a new parliament an...
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Growing challenges expose the limitations of the UN

  • World leaders will convene next week for the annual UN General Assembly in a year when the organization has appeared marginal to international crises and conflicts. Despite its flaws, however, the UN retains unique capabilities and crisis response tools, and is the only mediator in stand-offs t...
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Road to Libya’s elections is fraught with peril

  • Presidential and parliamentary elections in December this year will be the ultimate test of whether Libya can return to some sort of stability after years of conflict. Tensions and rivalries among domestic and foreign actors have intensified amid competition for influence in what most observers...
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Why Sudan is not out of the woods yet

  • At the peak of the protests that eventually toppled Omar Bashir, Sudan was an unlikely beacon of hope in a region littered with the festering democratization failures of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Stalled political processes, civil war, and counter-revolutionary movements had stifled hopes of Ara...
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Libya back in a quagmire

  • In the weeks after the appointment of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) in Libya a few months ago, a rash of developments, endorsements, and new-found optimism suggested a nation finally on the move after years of conflict and division. Painstaking efforts at conflict resolution ...
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The Iranian election does not change the fact the West is in a catch-22 situation

  • Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s presidential election in Iran, most Iranians were already resigned to a familiar fate. Disillusionment and voter apathy have chastened the fervor and passion for reforms seen throughout the conservative Ahmadinejad era, which facilitated the rise of the mod...
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Biden aims for the impossible in Afghanistan

  • A cursory examination of the emerging US policy on Afghanistan would probably conclude that the strategy to end a two decade-old, mostly fruitless, military intervention is ill-conceived and mistimed. That view has substantial support even among the ranks of Washington's dovish cohort, whi...
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Why US eyes are on three key elections

  • As Washington ramps up for a comprehensive re-engagement with the world, its Middle East portfolio will undoubtedly be affected by the aftermath of what promise to be consequential elections in Palestine, Israel and Iran . The usual policy deliberations and maneuvering in Washington, often ba...
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