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The King is Gone, Long Live the King!

For the Libyan leader Muamar Kaddafi there was a sense of déjà-vu again. His campaign to get a second term as head of the African Union collapsed, showing that like in his previous call to unify the Arabs, his latest African venture was also doomed to fail....
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Deconstructing Libya Part 1- Libya-Europe: Security, Illegal Immigration and Oil and Gas

A Resilient Leader in Search of Global Influence: Libya has been in the news recently. The release of Libyan agent Al Megrahi from a Scottish jail has led to a storm of outrage in the United States, and a great deal of embarrassment in Scotland. The UK and Scottish governments have been on a defensive stance insisting that the release was not motivated by economic considerations. The opposition parties in Britain and Scotland are also trying to use this event to score political points. Meanwhile, Libya has celebrated 40 years of Muamar Kaddafi’s reign, putting him on track to beat Omar Bongo’s 41 year tenure and reach Fidel Castro’s 49 years in power. The difference between Kaddafi and Castro is that eventually the Libyan leader may turn out to be more successful than the Cuban leader in that he is managing to neutralize his Western foes, and control his domestic opponents, as suggested by Alessandro Bruno’s analysis....
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