Moammar Gadhafi

The Return: Searching for a father in Libya

Hisham Matar learns of his father’s fate, and the fate of Libya, in this effective personal chronicle

Libya is on the brink of civil war, again

In the wake of the NATO bombings that ousted Gadhafi, a new divisive force emerges


SNC-Lavalin is under scrutiny for its ties to Gadhafi regime

It’s not the first time the firm has been at the centre of a foreign scandal


Crowns and chaos in the Middle East

Abstract: This paper helps explain the variation in political turmoil observed in the MENA [Middle East and North Africa] during the Arab Spring. The region’s monarchies have been largely spared of violence while the “republics” have not. A theory about how a monarchy’s political culture solves a ruler’s credible commitment problem explains why this has been the case. Using a panel dataset of the MENA countries (1950-2006), I show that monarchs are less likely than non-monarchs to experience political instability, a result that holds across several measures. They are also more likely to respect the rule of law and property rights, and grow their economies. Through the use of an instrumental variable that proxies for a legacy of tribalism, the time that has elapsed since the Neolithic Revolution weighted by Land Quality, I show that this result runs from monarchy to political stability. The results are also robust to alternative political explanations and country fixed effects.

Gadhafi’s reign of fear

Villains: Gadhafi reign of fear in

He had Libyan dissidents gunned down in London, sponsored the Italian Red Brigades, and kept an album of photographs of Condoleeza Rice–to cite a few

When tyrants and clueless starlets meet

When tyrants and clueless starlets meet

The number of stars hurrying to perform for dictators has reached epic proportions


Holding Libya to account

John Baird promises to keep tabs on the NTC.


‘I also think we’re all realistic enough’

The Prime Ministers comments on the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

Demise of a dictator

The demise of Moammar Gadhafi

He ruled his people with an iron fist. In the end they dragged him from a drainpipe.


Human rights, the rule of law and the death of Gadhafi

A statement from the Prime Minister on the liberation of Libya.


‘With the shadow of Gadhafi now lifted’

The Prime Minister’s statement to reporters this afternoon on the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

Good news

Good news, bad news: Sept. 8-15

Canada reopens its embassy in Libya, the Taliban attacks the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul