End of Regime in Libya: New Challenges

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

With the end of the Gaddafi regime, come new challenges, writes Dr. Greg Dixon, assistant professor of political science at the University of West Georgia:

With the end of the Gaddafi regime, come new challenges, writes Dr. Greg Dixon, assistant professor of political science at the University of West Georgia:The end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya marks a moment of both danger and opportunity for the people of Libya, and to a much lesser extend the international community. 

While NATO air strikes have tipped the balance in favor of the anti-Gaddafi forces, the endgame will place the burden of rebuilding a new Libya squarely on the shoulders of the Libyan people. 

The international community can make the process easier with moves such as releasing frozen Libyan assets and restoring trade links, it will ultimately be up to the people of Libya to shape their future. A disparate group of rebels, united by hatred of the Gaddafi regime, must now begin the difficult process of governing the country.

It remains to be seen whether or not the group can maintain the fragile unity of the battlefield in the more complex game of national reconstruction. The results will have powerful implications for the politics of North Africa and the outcome of the Arab Spring movements across the region.

For more, contact: Dr. Greg Dixon can at 678-839-4992 or gdixon@westga.edu.