Stewart M. Patrick

The Internationalist

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Guest Post: Libya’s Lessons for Global Governance

by Stewart M. Patrick Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Libyan man attends the Friday prayer near a courthouse in Benghazi. (Esam Al-Fetori/ Courtesy Reuters).

After a mixed-bag of news coming from Libya this week, numerous questions have emerged regarding international interventions both in Libya and elsewhere.  My colleague, Mark P. Lagon, adjunct senior fellow in human rights at the Council on Foreign Relations and international relations chair for Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program, offers his assessment.

Lawyers often say, “Hard cases make bad law.”   Yet the hard case of Libya raises important questions and lessons on meaningful global governance today. 

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