AirTalk for August 23, 2011

The Gadhafi era draws to a close

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Libyan women cheer in Tripoli, on August 23, 2011.

This morning, news broke that rebel forces in Libya easily broke into Gadhafi’s compound after a NATO airstrike blew a gap in one of the outer walls. Security was nonexistent, as rebels were not met with any form of resistance as they took over the structure. However, Gadhafi was nowhere to be found and his whereabouts are still unknown. This comes after rebels assumed control of Tripoli this past weekend. At the rate at which these developments are progressing, we could see the end of Gadhafi’s tyrannical reign at any minute. As every news station has their eyes on Tripoli’s celebrating streets, many questions about the future transitional government remain unanswered. What’s next for the Libyan people? Where is Gadhafi? What will need to be rebuilt due to the fighting? What roles will NATO and the United States play in the next step?

Guests:

Ambassador David Mack, Scholar with the Middle East Institute; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1990-1993); US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1986-1989); US diplomatic assignments included Iraq, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia

Mansour El-Kikhia, chairman of the department of political science and geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio; fled Libya in 1980; author of "Libya's Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction.”

Fred Abrahams, special advisor for Human Rights Watch's program office


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