World Week Ahead: Libya Dominates Agendas; Mexico’s Calderon Visits U.S.

BY Larisa Epatko  February 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM EDT

Bangladeshi workers at a makeshift camp on the shores of Benghazi wait to leave Libya by boat. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

As part of the rollout of our new World page, the PBS NewsHour is introducing some new online features to highlight our international news reporting and analysis. First up is our “World Week Ahead” post. It’s a quick take on what’s happening this week and some of the the best resources to read, watch or listen to for insight. And we want to hear from you: what are you reading in world news this week?

The revolt against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is expected to dominate the international news agenda, both overseas and in Washington.

Monday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting in Geneva with foreign ministers from all over the world, trying to come up with measures that would hasten Gadhafi’s exit.

“It is time for Qadhafi to go” without further violence or delay, she said at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting.

Tens of thousands of foreign and migrant workers and refugees are amassing at the Libyan-Tunisian border to avoid further violence between opponents and those loyal to Gadhafi. António Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said about 40,000 people have fled to Tunisia and the agency is setting up temporary camps for them. Thousands of Egyptians living in Libya also have returned to their home country, he said. If fighting continues, the crush of refugees could continue.

Read: Clinton’s full comments from the State Department.

Read: Financial Times’ Harvey Morris on the U.N. and Libya (Free registration required)

Watch: How Libya’s instability may impact global oil markets:

Tuesday: Clinton appears before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on foreign policy priorities and the House Appropriations’ State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on the State Department budget.

Defense priorities come under scrutiny when the Senate Armed Services Committee hears from Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. Eric Olson, head of Special Operations Command. Senators are expected to ask about progress in the U.S. training of Afghan security forces.

In an appearance at West Point Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told cadets in a surprisingly blunt assessment: “In my opinion, any future Defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa, should have his head examined, as General MacArthur so delicately put it.”

Watch: Video of the Gates speech:

Wednesday: Clinton is back on Capitol Hill, appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on foreign policy priorities for the fiscal year 2012 budget proposal. And foreign ministers of the Arab League are meeting in Cairo amid the regional turmoil.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who are traveling in the Middle East, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” from Egypt that the Arab world is watching to see what the rest of the international community will do, such as implement a no-fly zone and recognize a provisional government in Libya.

Watch: The McCain-Lieberman interview:

Thursday: Mexican President Felipe Calderon meets with President Obama in Washington, where the agenda will include the two countries’ efforts to combat drug violence in Mexico.

Watch: The NewsHour recently ran a series of reports by Bill Neely of Independent Television News on Mexico’s battles with drug cartels in the nation’s richest city Monterrey and the border town of Juarez, along with a profile of a 21-year-old police chief trying to do her part. We also reported on the investigation into the shooting death of a U.S. agent in Mexico.

More: We’re also watching developments in Pakistan in the hearing of Raymond Davis, accused of shooting two Pakistanis he said in self-defense. Published reports later said Davis was working for the CIA. The case has frayed U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Follow developments on our World page and @NewsHourWorld.