Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews Dartmouth College Professor Dirk Vandwalle on post-Qaddafi Libya, the ramifications of the Benghazi attack, and the lingering problem of rogue militias.
In light of the killing of the U.S. ambassador, it’s tempting to be pessimistic about Libya. But just a year after the fall of a long-standing tyrant, the country is moving on and has peacefully elected a new government. As it turns out, building a functioning state from scratch can be a good thing.
As Libya's rebels push forward in their fight to unseat Muammar al-Qaddafi, factional rivalries and a climate of general disorder threaten to upend their military and diplomatic victories.
If the hurried diplomatic negotiations leading up to Resolution 1973 seemed a Herculean task, they may pale in comparison to the challenge that comes next: keeping Libya intact and on the road to recovery.
This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.