News outlets are reporting the as-yet unconfirmed death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi near his hometown of Sirte this morning. This could signal the end of Qaddafi’s forces in power, and victory for the Libyan uprising that has been ongoing since February 2011.
For some background on the uprising, an article in the most recent issue of Mediterranean Quarterly, “Libya: Dream versus Reality,” gives a very accessible historical overview of the situation in Libya and what is at stake in the current struggle. The article explains that Libya emerged under United Nations auspices as a stillborn, failed state dependent on Western subventions, and that the civil war in which it is now embroiled was inevitable.
Read the article for free here.