Military Interventionism in Libya: A Pandora’s Box of Questions

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy Oct 2011Photo: © al-mak/Demotix/Demotix/Corbis

In March 2011, the United Nations Security Council authorized a no-fly zone over Libya. What began as a limited mission to prevent a massacre quickly morphed into a policy of armed regime change, with allied forces flying combat support missions for rebels who were seeking to overthrow long time dictator Muammar Qaddafi by force.

Posts in the October 2011 issue of Peace Policy:

David Cortright supported the no-fly zone over Libya — but now he is asking a number of difficult questions. Read »

Mary Ellen O’Connell says the intervention was unsuccessful, as thousands were killed and injured, and the use of force violated international law. Read »

George A. Lopez disagrees with both of his colleagues regarding the scope and direction of the Libyan intervention by the UN Security Council and NATO. Read »

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