Qaddafi son calls for democracy in dissertation

 Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif, has just completed his doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics, titled, “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From Soft Power to Collective Decision Making?”. This is an interesting topic given what his father does for a living. The BBC reports:  He hit out ...

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Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader Moammar al-Gaddafi attends for the 7th Annual Cinema For Peace Gala in Berlin on February 11, 2008. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)

 Muammar Qaddafi's son Saif, has just completed his doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics, titled, "The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From Soft Power to Collective Decision Making?". This is an interesting topic given what his father does for a living. The BBC reports: 

He hit out at undemocratic states whose governments were "authoritarian, abusive and unrepresentative".  [...] Mr Gaddafi wrote: "I shall be primarily concerned with what I argue is the central failing of the current system of global governance in the new global environment: that it is highly undemocratic."

He continued that his dissertation would "analyse the problem of how to create more just and democratic global governing institutions", focusing on the importance of the role of "civil society".

 Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif, has just completed his doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics, titled, “The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From Soft Power to Collective Decision Making?”. This is an interesting topic given what his father does for a living. The BBC reports: 

He hit out at undemocratic states whose governments were “authoritarian, abusive and unrepresentative”.  […] Mr Gaddafi wrote: “I shall be primarily concerned with what I argue is the central failing of the current system of global governance in the new global environment: that it is highly undemocratic.”

He continued that his dissertation would “analyse the problem of how to create more just and democratic global governing institutions”, focusing on the importance of the role of “civil society”.

Mr Gaddafi wrote that elected representatives should be introduced into non-governmental organisations, and that would result in more democratic global governance.

Libya might get a chance to put Saif’s ideas into practice, having just taken over the presidency of the U.N. General Assembly.

Update: It must be pretty nice to be able to hire Monitor Group to do research for your thesis.

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Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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