Libya in Western Foreign Policies, 1911–2011

  • Saskia Van Genugten

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 165-187

About this book


Libya has a short, volatile history. Foreigners played a significant role in shaping Libya’s institutions and policies, and this book explores longer term trends in the relations between Libya and the West, placing current developments in their historical context. Throughout history, the globe’s most powerful actors have regarded Libya as an outlier state of little significance. Libya belonged neither here nor there and never fell under the full protection of any significant global or regional powerhouse. Libya’s weak national identity, its weak institutions and its peripheral position have made it vulnerable to external influences and interventions. As a result, Libya repeatedly falls prey to foreign powers wanting to flex their muscles. As this book narrates, this was the case in 1911, in 2011 and several times in between.


Libya Libyan History International Relations Security Conflict

Authors and affiliations

  • Saskia Van Genugten
    • 1
  1. 1.Emirates Diplomatic Academy Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48949-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48950-0
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