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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 229-247
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-04
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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