The Libyan war: A diplomatic history: February - August 2011

26 Sep 2011

A detailed narrative of the diplomatic exchanges that occurred during the Libyan war.

Some crises flare up and are forgotten fairly quickly. Others offer lasting insights into the global balance of power and the state of international diplomacy. The Libyan crisis falls into the second category. In a period in which serious commentators dwell on “the decline of the West” and “the erosion of the post-Cold War order”, the war has been both a test of Western military might and international cooperation. In March 2011, with the Libyan war gathering pace, the Center on International Cooperation [CIC] at New York University asked Emily O’Brien and Andrew Sinclair to track multilateral efforts to manage the crisis. The result is this detailed narrative of diplomatic negotiations across international and regional organizations ranging from the United Nations, NATO and the EU to the African Union, League of Arab States and Organization of the Islamic Conference. The narrative runs from the first international responses to the uprising in Libya in February to the eve of the rebel assault on Tripoli in the second half of August.

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