Wednesday Headlines

Libyan Government Disbanded
Libya’s past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened on Monday and voted to disband the country’s current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival militias.

Reports suggest that Libya could be headed toward a prolonged civil war, with Islamist militias controlling the airport in the capital and the parliament forced to meet in the eastern city of Tobruk.

CSIS Panel Examines Evolving US Intervention In Iraq
Scholars in the CSIS International Security Program offer analysis beyond the headlines on the evolving U.S. military intervention in Iraq

West On Verge Of Overstretching Itself
Joschka Fischer, who was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, acknowledges a certain reality – that the debate about a future global order is taking place primarily in the West. Furthermore, he contends they have been – to date – been “unwilling or unable to articulate the ideas and binding rules that should underpin a new international order.”

With no clear goals and roadmap identified, he adds, there is a real danger of the Western powers becoming overstretched.

“But if only the West assumes responsibility for maintaining global order, won’t it become overstretched, given the number and nature of the crises it faces? Most of these struggles are not clashes between states; they are asymmetrical conflicts, for which Western societies – including the US – are not equipped. These conflicts are further exacerbated by the ruthlessness that characterizes religious wars – just like those in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. So, yes, the West does indeed face a high risk of becoming overstretched,” he writes.

The Dark Side Of Globalization – Hatred
Stephen Smith, Executive Director of USC’s Shoah Foundation, argues the globalization, despite all of its benefits, is also contributing to the virulent spread and religious and ethnic hatred. Whether in Sudan, the Middle East or in Asia, the violence is being circulated across the globe with the aid of social media.

“The driving force behind each outburst is not identical, but they stem from the same roots of desperate insecurity, utopian ideology, and the reassertion of ethnic and religious identities over the nation state. It would be so much easier if it was about money, resources or land only, but even here, they do figure as causes, they are not the primary cause. As borders and boundaries melt into what we thought would become a global village, it is the fight for group identity which splinters us into thousands of micro communities, all clamoring for physical, philosophical and political space,” says Smith.

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