In September 2004, the international embargo and sanctions imposed on Libya for more than a decade were raised by the UN Security Council when Colonel Gaddafi announced that Libya would give up its nuclear weapons. In addition he agreed to compensate the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing and the attack on the TWA flight that occurred in the late 1980s. This remarkable gesture showed Gaddafi's commitment to seeing Libya rejoin the international community after many years of isolation. In the spirit of reconciliation, Tony Blair flew out to Tripoli declaring that Libya was now an ally in the fight against global terror. How can this reversal be explained? Who is the new Gaddafi? What path of progress will he take to determine the future of his country and can he keep the new spirit of reconciliation alive? This book, born from conversations with Muammar Gaddafi and political expert Edmond Jouve, retraces the leader's political, ideological and philosophical journey. He expresses his vision of African unity and North-South relations. He also explains his own vision for Islam and human rights in Libya.
In addition, the reader will find in the appendix, among others, The Green Book, one of Colonel Gaddafi's earliest works, and the testimony of his daughter, Aicha. This is a gripping account of how a new dawn in Arab-Western relations came about.
Born in 1943 into the El Gaddafi tribe, Muammar Gaddafi left his family circle at the age of ten. Keen on geopolitics - passionate about decolonisation and the epic Nasserian movement - he studied the mechanisms of state both in Tripoli and in Great Britain. He has ruled Libya since 1969. A specialist in Third-World Africa, Professor Edmond Jouve has regularly met with Muammar Gaddafi since 1979. Author, notably of The Right of Peoples and The Third World, he teaches political science at Rene Descartes University in Paris.