Muammar al-Gaddafi's Libya was unhinging long before the uprising that began in February 2011. But the internal workings of Gaddafi's regime - and most other aspects of Libyan life - were long hidden to outsiders. What we knew of Libya was gleaned from the pronouncements of a single man, whose motives were difficult to fathom; or from Western policymakers pursuing national and individual interests. In Exit Gaddafi, Ethan Chorin, a long-time Middle East scholar and one of the first American diplomats posted to Libya after the lifting of international sanctions, goes well beyond recent reporting on the Arab Spring to link the Libyan uprising to a flawed reform process, egregious human rights abuses, regional disparities, and inconsistent stories spun by Libya and the West to justify the regime's 'rehabilitation'. Based on extensive interviews with senior officials in Libya and the West, with rebels and loyalists, Exit Gaddafi provides a rare and often startling glimpse into the strategies and machinations that brought Gaddafi in from the cold, while encouraging ordinary Libyans to 'break the barrier of fear'. Chorin offers a compelling argument for why a pluralistic, prosperous Libya is in the long-term interest of the West.
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Ethan Chorin was U.S. Economic/Commercial attache in Tripoli from 2004-2006. He has continued to work on Libyan issues as business developer for a multinational company based in Dubai and as co-founder of the Avicenna Group, an NGO helping to build a trauma center in Benghazi. The author of Translating Libya: The Modern Libyan Short Story, he is currently a Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He lives in Berkeley, California.Review:
'Of all the accounts written so far about Libya's revolution, none can match Chorin's sophisticated and penetrating analysis of the country and of its former quixotic ruler. An insider's account, Exit Gaddafi details the events leading up to the revolution and reveals the larger context within which Libya's uprising eventually took shape. Relying on an unmatched variety of sources and on extensive in-country experience, Chorin's book will undoubtedly remain the best analytical work on Libya and its revolution for a very long time.' Dirk Vandewalle, author of A History of Modern Libya 'Ethan Chorin brings a unique perspective to his riveting tale of the rise and fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Having served as a diplomat in Tripoli at the time of Gaddafi rapprochement with the West, Chorin tells the story of how the West wound up allied to the 'mad dog of the Middle East' and facilitated Gaddafi's rehabilitation, which was key to his fall. This is an exquisite and scary story of greed, intrigue and political corruption at the highest levels of several nations, including the US and the UK. For anybody interested in international relations, or for anybody whose paths, like mine, crossed Gaddafi's several times, this is a must-read.' Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth 'Chorin provides the most authoritative and detailed analysis of the February 17 Revolution published to date.' Ronald Bruce St John, International Affairs
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Descrizione libro Saqi Books Publishers, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0863564399