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Monarchy May Be Just the Solution Libya Needs: A Libyan Royalist Makes the Case
By Sami Ibrahim Elalem
“Why,” pondered the scholar Lisa Andersen in an influential 1991 article,1 “does the Middle East have so many monarchies?” While some may think that monarchies are gauche, outdated, or unfair, in the Middle East they have not only survived, but have often thrived.
Libya’s History Should Not Be Forgotten – Book Review
By Alamin Shtiwi Abolmagir
In a new piece of historical thought leadership political analyst and naval strategist Harry Halem reminds readers of the role which the Senussi dynasty played in shaping the Libyan state we know today
In Libya ‘The Dead’ have Been Awakened
By Sami Ibrahim Elalem
Lord Byron asked at the beginning of the Greek Revolution, “The Dead have been awakened — shall I sleep?” The Greeks’ growing awareness of their history inspired them to rise up and overthrow their Ottoman rulers.
Libya Has Another Chance at Democracy; Bring back the Independence Constitution of 1951
By Prince Mohammed El Senussi
Libya was founded as a democracy. It is not too late to be a democracy again.
Can a Constitutional Monarchy Save Libya from Chaos?
Sometimes one must look to the past for the right way forward. The monarchy is just the glue a shattered Libya needs.
Could a Monarch Heal Libya?
The country needs a unifying figure. Ahead of elections this year, it’s worth considering a constitutional monarchy.
A return to a constitutional monarchy may solve Libya’s problems
When it comes to choosing their next chapter, some Libyans have already identified a promising path forward: restoring the 1951 constitution, which called for a representative, technocratic government with a hereditary monarch.
The Ramifications Of A Lack Of A National Identity In Libya – Analysis
Instead of marking independence day with such potentially harmful elections, then, Libyans should look to the man who took the crown on that day in 1951: King Idris.
De-radicalising Western foreign policy
A pivot to “ national identity ” — an alternative vision of politics that focuses on history and national unity, rather than projection and hopeless mimetic theories — offers an opportunity to overcome this systemic impediment.
Dismantling and Rebuilding Our Libyan Ship
Many do not know that Libya was once united, even before Germany and the United States. It was united in the 18th century, long before Italy’s consulates of Tuscany and Genoa existed in Tripoli.
Riyadh Has a Role to Play in Bringing Creative Solutions to the Libyan Table
Examining the complexity of Libyan politics, many concluded that the country requires more than political leadership—it needs a national-unity leader to reconstitute the cornucopia of ethnic groups which comprise the Libyan people.
The failures of the Berlin process – Pushing for December elections when compromise is so clearly impossible puts the future of Libya at risk
The reimposition of the 1951 constitution would have a less tangible but equally important effect: serving as a point of national unity to transcend the divisions that have proven so destructive.
The EU’s plans for stabilizing Libya via democratic elections alone are set to fail
In recent months, academic commentators have raised the alternative idea of restoring Libya’s monarchical institutions with important constitutional guarantees for democracy and the protection of minority rights.
Libya Requires a Constitution That Will Ensure the Rights of Women
Numerous socio-political factors have wreaked havoc on Libya’s democratic institutions and hindered the advancement of women’s rights. The constitutional rights of women must be recognized and implemented to achieve the equitable society so many hope for.
Reflections on the failures of Libyan talks at Geneva and beyond
Libyans must themselves work to restore the long-lost unity of our nation. External solutions will only exacerbate our country’s already precarious state. It is time to end the series of failures that has plagued the collapse of talks and return the Libyan homeland to a state of legitimacy.
Historical Lessons Can and Should Inform the Future of Libya
The Libyan situation demands a creative solution, one unrestrained by conventional political wisdom and sensitive to historical circumstances. A constitutional monarchy may be just such a solution.
The Forgotten Role of Libyan Women
While women in Libya have always been the foundation of the country’s successes, they continue to disproportionally suffer during its long periods of conflict and war. In an effort to improve the rights of women and bring upon an era of peace, one may not have to look further than Libya’s past to steady its unstable future.