Business Briefs

Libya: A European War?

The Libyan chapter of the 2011 “Arab Spring”, the attempt by the peoples of many countries to overturn dictatorships across North Africa and the Middle East, has involved international intervention via NATO and has also descended into a civil war. The civil war is being fought between the armed forces of the existing regime led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his close family, and the loosely affiliated “rebel” fighters trying to depose him. The indigenous attempts to depose Gaddafi began on February 15, 2011 with a series of peaceful public protests in Tripoli, which were mirrored across Libyan cities (much as had occurred in Egypt and Tunisia before them). Having seen both the Egyptian and Tunisian leaderships overthrown by such movements, Gaddafi opted to meet these protests with a violent crackdown.

This brief explores the state of the conflict at the time of writing, the political cost of the intervention, the importance of post-conflict planning, and the future prospects for transatlantic military interventions.

  • The Contemporary Context
  • The Political Cost of the Conflict
  • Burden Sharing Across the Atlantic
  • The Importance of Post-Conflict Planning
  • Conclusion - A Fight for NATO's Future?


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