Qaddafi's World Design / Edition 1

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Qaddafi's Libya is a small state trying and failing -to play a world role. That is the thesis of this detailed and readable study of Libyan foreign policy over the last two decades. It looks at Qaddafi's ardent commitment to Arab nationalism and Arab unity, his 'holy war' against Israel, his stormy relationship with both superpowers, his adventures in Africa and his controversial role in the world of oil and OPEC.

It is a story of high-flown rhetoric, of grandiose ambition and (until recently) of vast oil wealth; but it is, ultimately, a story of failure. Despite his tireless intervention in every corner of the globe -from Northern Ireland to the South Pacific- Qaddafi has failed to achieve international stature. This book provides a lucid ad careful analysis of the least conventional leader of modern times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863561610
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
The setting
The foreign policy of the Idris regime
National identity
Early statements of the RCC

2. Arab Nationalism and the Third Universal Theory
Sources of Arab nationalism
Development of Arab nationalism
Qaddafi's approach
Third Universal Theory
Changing role of Islam
Islam and Arab nationalism

3. Qaddafi's Holy War
Palestine before unity
The unregenerate rejectionist
Beirut, 1982
Qaddafi and terrorism
Policy failure

4. Quest for Arab Unity
The new pan-Arab leader
The Tripoli Charter
The Benghazi Declaration
Swing to the Maghreb
Arab disunity, 1975-80
Phase two
Return to the Maghreb
The Treaty of Oujda

5. Positive Neutrality
Early expression of positive neutrality
Early Soviet contacts
Arms build-up
Deepening Soviet relationship
Strains in the Soviet-Libyan relationship
Reluctant allies
Early relations with the United States
The redirection of US policy
Qaddafi and Europe
Europe's response to Reagan

6. The Third Circle
Target Israel
The failure to consolidate
More of the same

7. The Primacy of-Oil
First moves
The September agreements
Tehran-Tripoli agreements
Increased participation
War and embargo
Oil revenues and foreign policy
Falling oil revenues
Oil policy and foreign policy

8. The Foreign Policy Process
Libyan policy environment
The structure of government
Evolution of the political system
The Arab Socialist Union
Popular revolution
General People'sCongress
Revolutionary Committees
Political parties
The military
Petit bourgeoisie
Organized opposition
New foreign-policy process

9. Conclusions
Early continuity
Policy innovation
Constant principles
Tactical flexibility
Political isolation

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