The New Energy Realists

Issue: Summer 2006

In August 2005, President Bush asked me to undertake a diplomatic mission to Algeria and Morocco to facilitate the release of the longest-held prisoners of war in the world: 404 Moroccan soldiers, some of whom had been held since the 1970s by the Polisario Front operating out of Algeria. While in the region, I took the opportunity to visit Libya to help move forward the process of normalizing relations between the United States and Libya, and met with senior officials, including Muammar Qaddafi.

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