Uprising in Libya 'Survival Hinges on Tribal Solidarity'

For decades, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi managed to balance the political influence of the country's tribal groups, often using the threat of reprisals. Now, however, he seems to be losing control. Libya expert Hanspeter Mattes predicts a return to an era of traditional strongmen.
Libya at the crossroads: Uncertain outlook for dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Libya at the crossroads: Uncertain outlook for dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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Photo Gallery: Libya Rises up Against Gadhafi
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Photo Gallery: Libya Rises up Against Gadhafi

Interview conducted by Friederike Freiburg
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