In the aftermath of his election as the chairman of the African Union, Mo'amar Gadhafihas pledged a commitment to meaningful African unity. Ronald Bruce St. John reviews some of Ghadafi's latest political and economic reforms in Libya. St. John remarks that most of the economic reforms remain sluggish and mired by mismanagement. Political reforms in the Jamahiriyya are still absent from the repertoire of Ghadhafi's style of "popular democracy."
Michael Slackman paints an unabashedly stark portrait of a country held hostage to the single vision of its leader. such vision has stifled any move towards political change.