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February 24th, 2011

Pro- and anti-government forces are fighting for the control of key cities while Muammar Gaddafi has isolated after encouraging his supports to fight and blaming the young people and Osama Bin Laden for the protests.


  • Protests in Libya have expanded fast and the eastern parts of the country is now controlled by the opposition, including the military.
  • Opponents of Muammar Gaddafi are said to have taken control of Misurata, Libya’s third-largest city, where Gaddafi traditionally has maintained strong tribal support.
  • Muammar Gaddafi has refused to stand down and encouraged his supporters to attack protesters.
  • The International Federation for Human Rights claims that at least 700 people have died during the past few days, whereas many have estimated the figure to be thousands.


Analysts available for comment:

PAUL SULLIVAN is Professor of Economics at National Defense University and adjunct professor of Security Studies  (and Science, Technology and International Affairs) at Georgetown University. Dr. Sullivan is an internationally recognized expert on Islamic societies, the politics and economics of the Middle East, North Africa, and some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, and on energy and water security issues. He is also an internationally recognized expert on Islamic societies. He has previously served on working groups on Iraq, Iraq, Libya at the Atlantic Council.

Location: Washington DC, USA
Languages: English
CONTACT: paul.sullivan@theglobalexperts.org

RASHID KHALIDI is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and President of the Middle East Studies Association. He previously served as advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from 1991-3. He is the author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009) and The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006).

Location: New York, USA
Languages: English
CONTACT: rashid.khalidi@globalexpertfinder.org

ABDALLAH SCHLEIFER is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. From 2006 to 2007, he was Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network, and has previously worked for NBC, The New York Times, and The Jerusalem Star. He currently serves as Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Languages: English
CONTACT: abdallah.schleifer@globalexpertfinder.org

JOEL BEININ is Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. He is on extended leave from Stanford University. Professor Beinin’s principal areas of research have been the histories of modern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, radical movements and minorities in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and US policy in the Middle East. He taught Middle East history at Stanford University from 1983 to 2006, including a broad range of courses from the rise of Islam to the present. He subsequently took up his current position as Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo.

Location: Middle East
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: joel.beinin@globalexpertfinder.org

ASEF BAYAT is Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois and Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for sixteen years and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Oxford. His academic interests include political sociology and social movements, urban space and politics, international development, the contemporary Middle East and Islam. He has conducted ethnographic research in the areas of popular mobilization in the Iranian Revolution, labor movements, politics of the urban poor, development NGOs, comparative Islam, and Muslim youth cultural politics, primarily in Iran and Egypt.

Location: Illinois, USA
Languages: Arabic, English
CONTACT: asef.bayat@globalexpertfinder.org

MONA ELTAHAWY is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator, and an international lecturer. Her opinion pieces have appeared frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and she has also published opeds in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Egypt’s al-Dostour and Lebanon’s Daily Star.

Location: New York, USA
Languages: English, Arabic
CONTACT: mona.eltahawy@globalexpertfinder.org

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