A debate over presidential war powers has refocused attention on the scope and purpose of the U.S. military role in Libya and what it means for policy toward other brutal Arab regimes.
Matthew C. Waxman discusses the lawsuit challenging U.S. participation in the Libyan military mission.
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Daniel L. Byman and Matthew Waxman discuss six reasons why it's been so tough to get Muammar al-Qaddafi to quit.
Mohamad Bazzi discusses Muammar el-Qaddafi's "Green Book."
James M. Lindsay outlines steps the Obama administration could take in Libya that do not involve sending in U.S. combat troops.
James M. Lindsay argues that an indictment of Moammar Gadhafi by the International Criminal Court could actually make it harder to bring Libya's civil war to a quick end.
Even those who opposed the Libyan entanglement would agree that the west must see this through to an acceptable conclusion. The honour and credibility of the west are now engaged here, writes Max Hastings of the Financial Times.
Gal Beckerman of The New Republic wonders if Obama's U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, is a true hawk, or simply more pragmatic than we think.
In this New York Times Op-Ed, Mahmoud Gebril Elwarfally argues that the Libyan opposition needs financial support and diplomatic recognition to defeat Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
The Obama administration's plan to seize frozen Libyan assets and use them for Libyan aid is a dramatic, and probably unilateral, exercise of U.S. power that is likely to yield a relatively modest sum of money, says CFR's Stuart Levey.
Micah Zenko argues that while the United States should continue to use its military capabilities to support the no-fly zone in Libya, it should also work toward a negotiated end to the civil war.
Elliott Abrams criticizes the Obama administration for cheering on the Libyan rebels, but not giving them the means to win.
Leslie H. Gelb says that critics of President Obama's Middle East strategy should present detailed alternatives.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote this op-ed on Libya, published in the National Review on April 21, 2011.
James M. Lindsay says the military trainers sent by Britain, France, and Italy to aid rebels will not do much to change the course of fighting in Libya.
Colonel Gian Gentile says tactics currently outweigh strategy in the conflict in Libya.
As some NATO countries move to send advisers to help Libyan rebels, debate remains unsettled on whether charting a path to greater military involvement or a negotiated political solution is the right approach.
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