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Libya: Did We Have a Choice?

Aaronson, M (2011) Libya: Did We Have a Choice? In: 61st Annual International Conference of the Political Studies Association. Transforming Politics: New Synergies., 2011-04-18 - 2011-04-21, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this lecture I want to explore how it was that the UK became committed so quickly to military intervention in Libya following the outbreak of protests against the Gaddafi regime - and specifically to the removal of Gaddafi himself - given that as a nation we are still embroiled in Afghanistan and licking our wounds over Iraq. I will attempt some possible explanations, and suggest areas for further research at the interface between UK foreign and domestic policy. I make clear at the outset that I am no expert on Libya; I speak rather as someone who has witnessed a great deal of international intervention in a variety of forms over many years, and who believes that we need a much greater focus on ourselves as interveners if we are to understand intervention properly and do it better in future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/713936

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