IU Professor Sheds Light On Libyan Conflict

Choksy believes it is unclear if the new regime will be able to stabilize the country without U.S., NATO and European assistance.

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An Indiana University professor says the final outcome of the Libyan civil war is still plagued with many questions.

Jamsheed Choksy, a professor with the Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies, said one of the main questions that will arise after Gadhafi is out of power is ‘who is going to pay for the transition?’

“Ousting Gadhafi was just one of it,” said Choksy. “There is a much longer road ahead and the question is how are we going to proceed down that and can anyone afford to proceed down it?”

Choksy said it is difficult to execute transitions in these situations because it is unclear if the new regime will be able to stabilize the country without U.S., NATO and European assistance.

“At the back of all this, of course, is the U.S. and NATO accepted a notion of responsibility to protect when it came to Libya,” said Choksy. “Now, are we also going to move into stabilization and reconstruction like we did in Iraq and Afghanistan and if we do, who’s going to bear the costs?”

Choksy said there is some concern of squabbling among the various factions in Libya which could lead to problems such as those seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said if they can stay together, marginalize the radical elements and excise the Al Qaeda elements, then the outcome could be successful.

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