Rami Khouri on Libya

Paths to Justice and Good Governance
Agence Global
July 11, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Libya

“SIENA, Italy — I found myself Monday reading about the results of the first post-Gaddafi Libyan parliamentary election in between visits to the great Piazza del Campo and its majestic Town Hall in Siena, Italy, where I am attending an international conference on the role of civil society, philanthropy and the non-governmental sector. Two elements in the Siena monuments particularly caught my attention — the anthropomorphic depiction of ‘Justice’ in a string of sculptures in the Gaia Fountain, created by Jacopo della Quercia around 1400-1419, and the painted allegories of ‘good government” and “bad government’ by the Sienese painter Abrogio Lorenzetti, which were completed in 1337-39.”

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