Libyan Paradox

Libyan Paradox

by Luis Martinez
     
 

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In 1992 United Nations sanctions were imposed on Libya after it refused to hand over for judgement in an international court two Libyan citizens suspected of involvement in the bombing of a passenger plane over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988. The sanctions were not suspended until 2003, by which time Libya had undergone fundamental changes. After the sanctions were

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In 1992 United Nations sanctions were imposed on Libya after it refused to hand over for judgement in an international court two Libyan citizens suspected of involvement in the bombing of a passenger plane over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988. The sanctions were not suspended until 2003, by which time Libya had undergone fundamental changes. After the sanctions were lifted, those changes accelerated rather than going into reverse. The newly militant attitude of the United States after the events of 9 September 2001, and the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, conveyed to the Libyan leadership that opposition to the West was potentially disastrous. Libya stepped back from the development of nuclear weapons and opened its economy to the West. Meanwhile Colonel Gaddafi, the leader of the Libyan Revolution, has found ways to consolidate his hold on the country. The author suggests that the future of Libya now lies in becoming what he calls-paradoxically-an authoritarian liberal state.

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"A timely book [that] offers insight on the current political situation in Libya."—International Journal of Middle East Studies

International Journal of Middle East Studies

A timely book [that] offers insight on the current political situation in Libya.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199326402
Publisher:
An Oxford University Press Publication
Publication date:
12/22/2007
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Luis Martinez is a Senior Research Fellow at CERI Sciences Po in Paris. He has been Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York (2000-2001) and at the University of Montréal (2007-2008). A political scientist and a specialist on the Maghreb and the Middle East, his books include The Algerian Civil War, 1990-1998, The Libyan Paradox, and, co-edited with A. Blom and L. Bucaille, The Enigma of Islamist Violence.

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