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Free Content "They Defeated Us All": International Interests, Local Politics, and Contested Sovereignty in Libya

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Abstract:

Exploring three periods of contested sovereignty in Libya — 1911–1922, 1943– 1951, and the present — this article examines the consequences of repeated foreign intervention in shaping competing definitions of the most desirable form of government and the best-suited political leadership within the country today. Libya's current dilemmas illustrate the consequences of a century of international ambivalence, confusion, and often duplicity about the international norms that govern statehood and sovereignty in the Arab world.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3751/71.2.13

Publication date: 2017-03-01

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