Qaddafi’s strange ideas of how Libya’s economy should be built, how a government should operate and how security and a justice system should be implemented means that Libya is essentially starting from scratch, “because there is no economy or political system to build upon,” says CSIS scholar Anthony Cordesman.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.