n African Security Review - The rise of Libya as a regional player : commentary

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... Since relations with the Arab League soured in the late 1990s, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has turned his attention toward build-ing strategic alliances in Africa. As a pariah state under United Nations' sanctions, Libya sought recognition and respectability in the arena of intergovernmental meetings of African leaders. Five years later, the extent of Libyan influ-ence within the African Union, NEPAD and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) may be gauged against a history of less salu-tary military interventions and 'petro-dollar diplomacy' throughout the continent. To understand the role and impact of Gaddafi's Africa policy, it is first necessary to consider the internal dynamics of the country that has been ruled by decree for over three decades. Libya's history ..

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