n Conflict Trends - Assessing the African Union's response to the Libyan crisis

Volume 2012, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


On 22 August 2011, Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) forces entered the country's capital city, Tripoli, driving away troops loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. If anything, the seizure of Tripoli by the NTC became a rallying point for countries behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led military alliance providing aerial bombardment support to the NTC to apply additional pressure on the African Union (AU) to recognise the NTC as the legitimate government representing the people of Libya. But over and beyond being simply a case for recognition, the fall of Tripoli into the hands of the NTC reignited the debate on the very relevance of the entire AU's response to the Libyan crisis.

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