The Libyan Intervention, Triumph and Downfall of the Responsibility to Protect in One

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The Libyan Intervention, Triumph and Downfall of the Responsibility to Protect in One

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Libyan Intervention, Triumph and Downfall of the Responsibility to Protect in One
Author: Maessen, J.B.T.
Issue Date: 2012-06
Keywords: Libya
Multilevel Governance
Responsibility to protect
Abstract: This thesis examines the 2011 intervention in Libya, focusing on the distinct influences of the national, regional and international levels of governance on the decision-making process. Although the locus of power in decision-making still resides mainly within the permanent members of the Security Council, a substantial role is reserved for regional organizations in their role as gatekeepers and policy catalysts. The article questions the generally accepted notion that the intervention should be viewed as a success for the Responsibility to Protect. Although the intervention and resolutions on Libya can be seen as a triumph for the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, the actors involved still vary widely in their commitment to the doctrine, which is clearly seen in the way the Libyan no-fly zone was prepared, implemented and subsequently evaluated. Finally, the article relates the Libyan intervention to the current stalemate concerning the humanitarian crisis in Syria, in which it plays a crucial role, especially through the critical way Libya was evaluated in Russia and China.
Supervisor: Erk, Dr. J.G.Ragazzi, Dr. F.P.S.M.
Faculty: Faculty of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Department: Political Science (Master)
Specialisation: International Relations
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19368
 

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