India should continue to assist Libya in its journey towards becoming a fully functional democracy. The two nations, which share deep historical ties, can come together on key issues and build a relationship of mutual faith and benefit
The Arab uprisings show no sign of closure, and have become amorphous. While New Delhi has so far been immunised from the political and religious dimensions of the uprisings, the rise of political Islam, Islamic governance, and continuing instability will impact India.
The World Movement for Democracy’s Seventh Assembly focused on inclusive governance in the Middle East-North Africa region. Gateway House’s Azadeh Pourzand, blogs about the different perspectives she gathered during the discussions at the Assembly, emphasizing the need to understand the realities of the region.
The Wahhabis, who now merit NATO backing, continue on their global mission of converting the Muslim Ummah to its relatively harsh and antediluvian ways of thinking and living. For NATO, this is a geopolitical miscalculation that will have tragic security consequences for the alliance within a decade.
A new United Nations doctrine is revolutionising the manner in which Western powers achieve regime change. Under the pretext of “Responsibility to Protect” –as the doctrine is named –armed intervention does not depend on the aspirations of a populace but the facilitation of existing power equations
The fundamental problem when supporting an anti-regime opposition is to ascertain the identity and purpose of the rebels. It is a question –which M.D. Nalapat discovers –is never asked by the United States, no stranger to shoring up rebels in far-off countries.
Another war, another resolution to divide the UN Security Council, another contravention of a country’s sovereignty: As a coalition of Western military forces target Libya, the outcomes may be all too unexpected.
As the Arab world reinvents itself in real time, the rest of the world must begin to understand the region as something more than a source for oil and a market for armaments and consumer goods.