Looking Ahead in Libya: Power and Politics in a Post-Gadhafi World
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Rebels have launched an assault on Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, even as the dictator remains in hiding. As what appear to be the final rounds of battle play out, questions are being raised about Libya's future. Will the rebels be able to lead a peaceful transition, or will their efforts be undermined by factionalism within their ranks? Who will control the nation's oil reserves, and how will oil wealth be used? What impact will events in Libya have on the rest of the region, and how should the West respond? Also, Hurricane Irene, and the unraveling of the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Did the legal system work? Sara Terry guest hosts.
Banner image: Libyans demonstrate outside the Libyan Embassy on August 23, 2011 in London, England as rebel fighters for the National Transitional Council fight with pro-Gadhafi forces for control of the Libyan capital. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Watching Hurricane Irene ()
The first major hurricane of the season is bearing down on the US. Emergency officials say that Hurricane Irene may be the first to make landfall here since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. Dennis Feltgen is a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
- Dennis Feltgen: National Hurricane Center
Looking Ahead in Libya: Power and Politics in a Post-Gadhafi World ()
Rebel forces continue to battle in the streets of Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi's son has reappeared and claims that forces loyal to his father are in control, and some reports say that the Libyan strongman is safely in hiding in the capital. But with the end apparently near, what comes next? What kind of democracy might take root in Libya? How will rebel forces negotiate factionalism on the ground as they try to create a new regime? As an oil-rich country, are Libya's prospects for change more promising than post-revolution situations in Tunisia and Egypt? Has Obama's "lead from behind" policy been vindicated? How will the US operate more effectively in a dramatically changing region – where it may have less influence than its had in the past?
- Vivienne Walt: Time Magazine, @vivwalt
- Johnny West: journalist and advisor to the UN on the Middle East oil industry
- Aaron David Miller: Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars, @aarondmiller2
- Michael Crowley: Time magazine, @CrowleyTIME
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Dismissed ()
A judge in Manhattan today ordered the dismissal of all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, though a civil lawsuit remains. The former head of the International Monetary Fund was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel three months ago. The case made headlines around the world, prompted a huge debate in France, where Strauss-Kahn had planned to run for president, and raised questions about the treatment of victims in sexual assault cases. Will Saletan is national correspondent for Slate magazine.
- Will Saletan: Slate Magazine
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