One thing you can say about the now-deceased Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi: he never met a photo op he didn't like. Qaddafi reveled on the global stage, mixing it up with like-minded pan-African and socialist leaders in his early days as a young revolutionary and with Western heads of state during the thaw in the later years of his rule. In these remarkable never-before-seen photographs found in Qaddafi's homes and compounds by Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch, and re-photographed by freelance photojournalist Michael Brown, we're privy to a unique glimpse into Qaddafi's travels abroad and high-level meetings at home -- when he was still on top of his game. Foreign Policy invites readers to help us identify some of the individuals in these photographs; please leave comments below.
Above, Qaddafi holds hands with Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev.
© 2011 Michael Christopher Brown