Libyan Drama

Libyan rebels in the heart of Tripoli. What now?

Libyan rebel fighters fire towards forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during fierce gunfire in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.  (AP)

Libyan rebel fighters fire towards forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi during fierce gunfire in downtown Tripoli, Libya, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP)

Whiplash in Libya. On Monday, scenes of rebels pouring through the streets of Tripoli and widespread expectation of imminent rebel victory. News of Moammar Qaddafi’s sons in rebel hands, captured. Lots of celebration sounds beamed around the world.

On Tuesday, different story. Qaddafi loyalists fighting back hard in Tripoli. Qaddafi’s son, promenading free in the heart of the city.

And Col. Moammar Qaddafi himself — crazy-like-a-fox Libyan leader for four decades — nowhere to be found.

This hour On Point: the drama in Libya.

-Tom Ashbrook


Margaret Coker, reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Gregory Gause, professor of political science at the University of Vermont.

Mansour El-Kikhia, professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Najla Abdurrahman, Libyan-American dissident and doctoral student in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University.

Daniel Serwer, professorial lecturer and senior fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Contingency Planning Memo: “Post-Qaddafi Instability in Libya”

From Tom’s Reading List

Al-Jazeera’s Live Libya Blog

MSNBC Libya Blog

Foreign Policy “Libya is currently consumed in that strange combination of joy and residual violence that marks the end of war. But instead of fixating on the events playing out on the streets of Tripoli these days, the world should focus on how the postwar scenario will play out over the next decade. What is the best we can hope for? What is the worst that can be imagined? Where in that is Libya likely to settle?”

Washington Post “A relatively successful transition from the Gaddafi regime to a united, stable, more open and democratic Libya would be seen in the region, and more widely, as a credit to the NATO-led intervention. It would enable Libya to resume its oil and gas exports, demonstrate international community capacity to manage such transitions and encourage positive outcomes to other Arab Spring protests.”

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