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2014-08-05 Latest Situation in Libya
   2014-08-05 10:35:56    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Heng

A huge explosion near the Tripoli Airport
 


 

When Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011, the Libyan people had hoped that Western-style democracy would transform their country into a better place. Now they are being hit by a different reality.

The recent intensified fighting between Islamists and Pro-secular militias has resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 near the Tripoli International Airport. Social security has spiraled downhill as the crime rate soars. Daily necessities have constantly run out of stock in some Libyan cities. There is growing concern as to whether the Libyan Interim Government is capable of holding the country together.

In light of the volatile situation, US and France have shut down their embassies. China's embassy has evacuated a large number of nationals from the country, partly with the help of the Greek navy. The international community has yet to take concrete actions to restore stability in the country.

So how do experts analyze the latest situation in Libya? How can the international community react to it?

Ni Hao, you're listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

From the US, we speak to David Shinn, former US Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, and to Flynt Leverett,a professor at Pennsylvania State University's School of International Affairs.

Mr Shinn is now Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs

From the domestic scene, we speak to Mr. Li Guofu, Senior Research Fellow with the Department for Developing Countries Studies at the China Institute of International Studies.

 
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