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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya

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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya focuses on the international intervention in Libya in 2011, and tries to answer two broad questions; (1) What was the political rationale for the various actors to proceed as they did in the lead-up and conduct of the military intervention in Libya?, (2) What are the consequences of the UN-authorized military intervention in Libya? R2P was the public raison d'etre of the war, and an important legitimizing factor of the intervention. Still, the humanitarian situation was a necessary, but not in and by itself an adequate precondition for intervention. A number of factors coalesced to enable the intervention. While the humanitarian situation triggered the intervention, in reality a variety of national interests governed the approach by the various international actors, and more often than not, these motives were not rooted in the particular circumstances in Libya. The book offers a combination of unique perspectives. While the perspectives of the US, France, and the UK on the Libyan Crisis/War have been well documented, the Arabic and Scandinavian political and military dynamics have been much less so.

While the perspectives of NATO, the UN, and R2P have been debated, the view from the Arab League and African Union (AU) have been less in focus. The volume redresses that imbalance and offers the most broad-ranging analysis yet of a key moment in recent international relations.

Professor Henriksen is a Lt Col in the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF), and the Head of the Airpower Department at the RNoAF Academy. He has studied history and political science at the University of Trondheim (NTNU), been a student for four years at the RNoAF Academy, and a one-year student at the Norwegian Defense Command and Staff College. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, UK, in 2006, and spent one year as a researcher at the U.S. Air Force Research Institute (AFRI), Maxwell AFB, Alabama (2012). He served in ISAF HQ, Afghanistan, 2007. He became a professor in Modern History/Military Studies in fall 2015. He has written the books NATOas Gamble. Combining diplomacy and airpower in the Kosovo Crisis, 1998-1999 (2007) and Airpower in Afghanistan 2005-2010. The Air Commanderas Perspectives (2014). Ann Karin Larssen is an Assistant Professor at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy since 2002 and Lecturer, having specialized in Norwegian and Russian Foreign and Defence Policy. Larssen is Cand. polit. in Comparative Politics from the University in Bergen. She has served in the Norwegian Defence Force (submarine), and graduated from the Norwegian National Defence College, Oslo, in 2006.

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