The Libyan rebel forces’ rout of government troops from Tripoli last month heralded a pivotal moment in history, with the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi’s regime marking the third North African autocrat to fall to popular uprisings this year. Even while the security situation remains perilous, world powers and multinational companies are climbing over each other for a chance to reap their slice of the spoils of war: Libya’s fabulous resource wealth of oil and gas.
The Libyan revolution and its impact on global energy prices have been among the factors playing into the economic turmoil of late, where the sovereign debt crises in the United States and Eurozone have raised fears of a double-dip recession, sending markets into a flailing panic and rendering them near untradeable at times. In this environment, protecting one’s wealth becomes an anxious business. Executive has sought out the brightest minds in the business, locally, regionally and globally, for their take on how to navigate the storm.
Much of the world’s attention this month will also be focused on the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. How much does this event, and the reactions it was used to justify, still impact the world we live in today? And is the so-called ‘clash of civilizations’ as clear-cut as its proponents would have us believe?
Despite all the turmoil, however, one must not forget to always look for opportunity. Perhaps that is a thought to ponder as one cruises what just recently became a long, open highway from the Gaza border to the doorstep of Algeria.