Libyans and the international community greeted the defeat of Libya's long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi and his forces with optimism. Libya's religiously homogenous population, large oil reserves, and economic potential led many analysts to predict that the Mediterranean nation would be the success of the Arab Spring. However political fragmentation, a multiplicity of armed militias, and regional disputes have plunged the state into chaos. In this week's episode Mike and Danny discuss the predicament in Libya.
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