The 2011 Libyan Civil War has been widely portrayed as an ideal example of a popular uprising overthrowing a corrupt dictatorship with the aim of establishing basic human rights and democracy. The international intervention in the war has been presented as an ideal model for future humanitarian intervention. This THINK “Special Report” contextualizes the 2011 Libyan Civil War by outlining the historical conditions that made such a civil war possible, and even likely, and explains how the intervention of foreign forces was largely motivated by the political and strategic objective of removing and replacing the Qaddafi regime. This report finds that the pursuit of democratic reform on the part of the opposition was far from the only cause of the civil war, and that the foreign military intervention in Libya may have in fact exacerbated the negative consequences of the civil war.
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