A State Called Libya

Over at The Week, Dr. Daniel Larison brings up the situation of a state called Libya.  One year ago the West led a bombing campaign that ousted the brutal dictator Moammar Ghaddafi.  A problem or two arose though: The internal disorder and regional instability that the West’s assault created were foreseen by many critics. And … Continue reading A State Called Libya

Notes From Libya

Daniel Larison and Jason Sorens have alerted me to the most recent updates on Libya’s situation.  In case you are wondering, it is not good.  In fact, things look a lot worse than they did under Ghaddafi.  From the BBC: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay meanwhile raised concerns about detainees being held by revolutionary … Continue reading Notes From Libya

BC’s weekend reads

The raccoon scrotum monster The unrecognized The Gandhi statue causing a fuss in Ghana The battle for Burundi The end of interventionism The Socratic classroom for an activist age

BC’s weekend reads

The Strange Story of a Strange Beast Dagestan (a region in Russia), religion, and female genital mutilation Why partitioning Libya might be the only way to save it Google versus Palestine (h/t Michelangelo) False consciousness | The value of Marx in the 21st century The evolution of the state (in two simple pictures) Round the Decay of that … Continue reading BC’s weekend reads

BC’s weekend reads

Libya Epitomizes Hillary Clinton’s Not-So-Smart Power Paradoxes of the Gray Zone The Kurdish Conundrum The Future of the Arab Just Following Orders: Leadership Lessons from Argentina’s “Dirty War”

From the Comments: Military intervention, democracy, and stability

Longtime reader (and excellent blogger in his own right) Tam has an interesting response to Chhay Lin’s thoughts on the Paris terrorist attacks: It is an interesting read indeed but there are two or even more sides to every story. What we are also noting is that many of these groups that hate Western interventionist … Continue reading From the Comments: Military intervention, democracy, and stability

Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet

Yes, folks, things just got way more real in the Levant. Here is NOL‘s first-ever post on Syria (by yours truly). It’s from 2012 (which means NOL is nearly four years old!) and it holds up pretty well if you ask me. Jacques Delacroix, an ardent hawk who recently quit NOL (again) and who ironically … Continue reading Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet

“A foreign policy with a price”

Re: “Obama’s empty West Point speech,” May 30 Charles Krauthammer. So Charles Krauthammer thinks we should be providing military assistance to Libya, Syria and the Ukraine. Who’s going to pay for it? Or are we just going to whip out the plastic like usual? Krauthammer says our allies are complaining, fearing their own security. What … Continue reading “A foreign policy with a price”

Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

As many of you may know, the recently-minted country of South Sudan has descended into civil war. I’m going to show you how this violence was actually predictable, but first I want to point out a couple of things. Why did South Sudan get international recognition and not Somaliland, which has been a functioning democracy … Continue reading Weekend Question: What to do about the violence in South Sudan?

American Foreign Policy: Predictions, Assumptions and Falsehoods

On November 1st 2011 I got into an argument with Dr Delacroix about US foreign policy. During that time, if you’ll recall, a debate on the merits and demerits of bombing Libya was raging across the blogosphere and in the halls of power. Here is what I wrote in the heat of the moment two … Continue reading American Foreign Policy: Predictions, Assumptions and Falsehoods