Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Blog


The debate about imposing a no-fly-zone over Libyan airspace has ended. Yesterday the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1973, which demands a ceasefire, and sanctions the use of French and British war planes to conduct operations to ensure a no-fly zone over Libyan air space. Prompted by recent brutal push-back from Gaddafi’s forces across the country and reports of an impending assault on Benghazi, the origin of the opposition, the resolution was passed to prevent an offensive on the city that U.N. officials feared could emulate tradgedies in Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The United Kingdom and France led the campaign for drafting and creating the urgency for resolution 1973, which was welcomed with overwhelming celebration in Benghazi.

For an analyisis of the current situation in Libya and for an indepth look at Gaddafi, watch the latest episode of Viewpoint with guest Richard Downie. Mr. Downie is Deputy Director and Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Africa program.


Viewpoint with James Zogby: Richard Downie, Air Date: 3/17/2011



The situation in Bahrain took a major turn after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) committed forces, particularly from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to the country to crack down on the protests that have engulfed the country for weeks. Pearl Roundabout, Bahrain’s symbolic equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square, was successfully cleared of thousands of demonstrators, but not without a handful of casualties (among protesters and police), hundreds of injuries, and considerable property damage. Much tension remains in the air about what’s next for Bahrain.

For more on the situation in Bahrain and the role of Saudi troops in the country, watch Thomas Lippman's segment on Viewpoint this week. Mr. Lippman is Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Viewpoint with James Zogby: Thomas Lippman, Air Date: 3/17/2011




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