Libya

World Politics
3 Libya: Making the case for humanitarian warfare?

On CNN’s Global Public Square blog, Stewart Patrick writes that the U.S. military’s support of the popular revolution in Libya and its defeat of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi vindicates the Obama Administration’s decision to engage in warfare on humanitarian grounds. Patrick, who is a senior fellow at Foreign Affairs and…

Human Rights
1 New humanitarian standard for warfare?

Flickr, Jayel Aheram Except for euphemistically calling warfare “intervention,” I think this article in The Atlantic about our current military efforts in Libya “The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention” is a good read. Says the author Robert Pape: We may be witnessing an historic shift in international norms. Gandhi and…

World Politics
0 On Libya, the Arab revolt and the national interest

Anti-Gaddafi protests in LibyaFlickr, Messay Shoakena The popular revolt in Libya began in Tunisia, gained force in Egypt, and is continuing its spread across much of the Arab world. Libya is different mostly in that we are supporting the rebellion militarily, which has raised other questions. The Arab revolt appears…

World Politics
1 What determines the humanitarian military response?

Most of us prefer to avoid using the military and killing people to solve problems. At least, that’s what we say — that we prefer non-violence. Hollywood and the entertainment industry, however, seem to think shooting at people is, in fact, our favorite problem-solving strategy. The reality is that a…

World Politics
0 Wikileaks on Libya, Tunis and Egypt

The Telegraph published a worrisome article today about Libya, based on its interpretation of a Wikileaks diplomatic cable. Unlike in Tunisia and Egypt, the cable says, Libya’s popular revolt may be fueled by extremist Islamic elements. Former jihadi fighters who underwent “religious and ideological training” in Afghanistan, Lebanon and the…