Historical Context of US-Libyan Relations (Prior to 2011)

  • Paul Tang Abomo


This chapter is designed to provide the historical context of US-Libya relations prior to the civil war of 2011. It presents the various changes in US foreign policy toward Libya from the first contact in the nineteenth century. The purpose of this historical context is to demonstrate that in dealing with Libya strategic goals and national interests have always prevailed. This overview sets the stage for the more empirical chapters and provides a point of reference for determining the degree to which 2011 events veer from the established course of US foreign policy toward Libya.


Qaddafi African union Benghazi Tripoli OAU Reagan Bush Clinton Lockerbie WMD Chemical weapons Arab league Egypt 


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  • Paul Tang Abomo
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  1. 1.Political ScienceHekima Institute of Peace Studies and International RelationsNairobiKenya

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