Qatar, Al Jazeera and Islamists in Libya

 Another interesting nugget from The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath. One of the recurring themes of the first section, detailing the structure of the uprising itself, is the – at times – divisive role of Qatar. It seemed intent on establishing its own command centres as spheres of influence, working in competition with those liaising … More Qatar, Al Jazeera and Islamists in Libya

Whatever you think about intervention, there’s no alternative in Iraq. Today. This minute

I was in Benghazi  on the morning when Gadaffi troops stormed its streets in 2011. Shells bracketed through the city, almost street by street . The place was in fear, aware that as the cradle of the revolution its residents would not be spared. Mosques boomed “Allahu Akhbar” from their minarets – part warning, part … More Whatever you think about intervention, there’s no alternative in Iraq. Today. This minute

Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland

On one of my final visits to Khartoum I was discussing the gnarly old peace-versus-justice debate with a diplomat, who used a comparison with a peace process closer to home. She was making a point about the utility of issuing a warrant for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir even as negotiations continued for independence … More Peace v Justice: Lessons from Northern Ireland

Some More Thoughts on Humanitarian Intervention

I was for intervention in Iraq. Opposed to intervening in Darfur. In favour of getting involved in Libya. But Syria doesn’t seem such a good idea. Watching from the ground as Nato has bombed Gaddafi from power has crystallised for me exactly when humanitarian intervention is a good idea – and when it might cause … More Some More Thoughts on Humanitarian Intervention