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Moammar Gadhafi dead/captured

2011-11-18

Louis Delvoie and Christian Leuprecht, both fellows at Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University, are available to talk about the capture and possible death of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

“Whether Col. Gadhafi has been killed or captured, it means the end of one part of the Libyan revolution and a welcome end to an operation that has engaged the Libyan rebels and a variety of NATO countries,” says Mr. Delvoie, who is a former ambassador to Algeria and diplomatic relations expert. “However, it also marks the beginning of a new phase which will test the cohesion and unity of the National Transition Council as it has never been tested before. That cohesion was entirely centred on bringing down Col Gadhafi. Now that has been accomplished, the diverse objectives of the groups will come into play.”

Dr. Leuprecht can speak from a military and defence perspective on a number of different issues, including what assistance should Canada lend (Canada has lots of expertise helping countries rebuild after conflict and the help is usually quite welcome), securing weapons of mass destruction, and the fact that Libya is awash with small arms that could fuel future political instability and civil war.

Please note Mr. Delvoie is available only after 4 p.m. on Thursday for phone interviews. Dr. Leuprecht is available for most of the day.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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