Libya: Militias, politics and the need for security

Libya: Militias, politics and the need for security

In his latest Middle East Analysis vodcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian turns attention towards North Africa today and more specifically, Libya.

Ali Zeidan, the country's Prime Minister, was abducted and held at gunpoint by armed captors in Tripoli during the early morning hours of 10 October 2013 before being released six hours later. This was, allegedly, in retaliation to the capture of an al-Qaida suspect by US special forces last weekend.

This video podcast examines the current instability in the country almost two years after the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It lasts for just under 14 minutes.

Listen and watch here: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/content/download/41031/314813/file/MEA-20... (MP3 file, 11MB).

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© Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia associate and regular contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian). Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.net Follow him on Twitter here: @harryhagopian

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