We delayed this week's podcast to bring you two guests with expert knowledge of the Libyan war and its regional consequences: Steve Negus, who just returned from Tripoli and Benghazi, and Middle East correspondent for The Economist Max Rodenbeck. (Ashraf Khalil is off this week dealing with a looming book deadline.) We talk about why Tripoli fell so fast and how secure it is now, what might happen in Sirte and Sebha, the last Qadhafi strongholds, and what governance might look like in Libya for the foreseable future. We also discuss whether there is a Libyan model for humanitarian intervention, what it might mean for Syria, Qatar's steroid diplomacy, and still more. Finally, we discuss Libyan novelist Hisham Matar's novels and play a song from Libya's reggae-influenced pop music.
Links for this week's show:
- Libya: The birth of free Libya | The Economist
- Colonel Qadhafi's Tech Support
- Will Sirte be the new Benghazi?
- Libya: do tribes matter?
- Libya: Can the rebels rule?
- Libya after Qadhafi
- Popular Protest in North Africa and the Middle East (V): Making Sense of Libya - International Crisis Group
- Issandr El Amrani · Is there a Libya? · LRB 28 April 2011
- Libyan Novelist Recounts His Father’s Abduction : The New Yorker
- The Book Bench: Hisham Matar on Libya : The New Yorker
- This is / was Misurata - Blog - The Arabist
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