The meeting, in which world leaders offered humanitarian arguments for Qaddafi's ouster, established a 'contact group' to help guide the political process in the Libyan operation.
The African Union may be frustrated that the Western powers didn't give their Libya mediation efforts a chance, but analysts say the AU's refusal to join today's international meeting in London limits Africa's influence.
Libya's rebels, many of whom have stories of loved ones lost to Muammar Qaddafi's regime, are driven by his legacy of torture, murder, and disappearances.
Amid London talks on Libya's future, Qaddafi shows no signs of stepping down and loyalist troops today repelled the westward advance of rebels who had gotten nearly to Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown.
Libyan civilians celebrate the raiding of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades compound on Sept. 21, 2012, after hundreds of civilians, military, and police raided the brigades' base in Benghazi, Libya. Small teams of US special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa to set up a new counterterrorist network months before militants killed the US ambassador in Libya. But officials say the network was too new to stop the Benghazi attack.
President Obama emphasized humanitarian goals in Libya and made it clear he wants the Qaddafi regime to fall. But he also insisted that regime change was not a goal of the coalition action, per se.
President Obama says US military involvement in Libya prevented a massacre of civilians. He suggests that military action will remain limited and is not about regime change.
After meeting March 4 with Libyan rebels leaders in Benghazi, the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy arranged for them to speak with President Sarkozy at the Élysée Palace.
The notion of humanitarian intervention went dormant after the Iraq war, but has now returned, championed by many of the same countries that were the greatest opponents of invading Baghdad.
Secretary of Defense Gates and Secretary of State Clinton say the US-led military action in Libya is going well. But while Libya is not a 'vital interest,' the US could be there for months.