Next steps in Libya

The NATO led “no fly zone” achieved the purpose outlined in the UN Security Council resolution 1973 by averting the expected humanitarian disaster in Benghazi.  That limited purpose is enough.  It is clear now that Qaddafi enjoys a significant level of popular support and he also has backing from several governments in the region.  Over … More Next steps in Libya

Commentary on Why the West Rules for Now by Ian Morris

I read Why the West Rules for Now with great interest and have recommended it to many.   The book is a major achievement.  Morris erudition is impressive.  His inclusion of Gunder Frank’s ReOrient among other Jared Diamond, Pommeranz and Landes among the scholars that have addressed the significance of the patterns of history is noteworthy.  … More Commentary on Why the West Rules for Now by Ian Morris

Let the people of Libya decide not who has the best guns

Ann Ann Marlowe published the article: Democracy for Libya: Why the Odds Are Good at http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/new/blogs/marlowe/Democracy_for_Libya_Why_the_Odds_Are_Good Perhaps the odds for democracy are good because over several decades the people of Libya have enjoyed the opportunity to build a foundation for democracy with an excellent educational system with foreign study opportunities available to qualified students.  Life … More Let the people of Libya decide not who has the best guns