Colonel Qadhafi’s forty-two year-long moment upon the global stage appears to be nearing its end, as insurgent forces approach the Libyan capital, Tripoli, from three sides. It will, inevitably, be unnecessarily prolonged as the colonel fights to the last of his supporters in his own version of the Apocalypse, before flying off, with his family, to a comfortable exile in Venezuela or South Africa – unless, of course, he chooses the alternative of self destruction alongside the political edifice he himself constructed. But the end of his regime, with its casual brutality, idiosyncratic politics and aberrant vision of the colonel as world statesman, is now ineluctable. By George Joffé – Cambridge University In exile, no doubt, he will fulminate about the fickleness of statesmen and politicians as he blames imperialism and NATO for his downfall, recalling how those who destroyed him had also fawned upon him as they sought contracts and oil. Hubris, however, has a long memory, longer, perhaps, than that of the colonel himself. In reality, the regime’s doom was written, clear for all to see, on February 17, 2011 when it lost control of Benghazi, simply because of the peculiar geography of Libya. Essentially, it is a […]
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Palgrave Macmillan has published what is probably the best analytical account of the 2011 Libyan Uprising currently available. The text is edited by Jason Pack – a researcher in Libyan history at Cambridge University and regular contributor to African Arguments. Pack provides us with a lengthy introduction and co-writes 2 other chapters. The book also includes contributions from several notable scholars and analysts of contemporary Libya including George Joffe (also an AA contributor), Ronald Bruce St John (author Libya: from Colony to revolution) and Noman Benotman (a former commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and now head of the Quilliam Foundation). Pack’s fundamental argument revolves around the role of “˜the Centre’ and “˜the Periphery’ within the Arab Uprisings. His contention is that whilst in Tunisia and Egypt a strong, centralised state meant that popular uprisings led to a swift decapitation of the regimes (“˜popular coups’) something different happened in Libya. This can be attributed to the country’s peculiar national history under former leader Muammar Qadhafi, whose “˜theory’ of government – the Jamahirriya – prevented the development of strong state structures or institutions. The Libyan revolution was thus formed by a series of local uprisings which began with the lawyers […]
Tunisia and the ousting of Ben Ali came first â€“ beginning in December 2010 and reaching a high-point when the President stepped down in January 2011.