n Conflict Trends - Political deadlock in Libya and Syria

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Human beings are designed to interpret and provide meaning to phenomena in our surroundings. When an action is met with a positive reaction, it becomes difficult not to believe that a similar outcome will result with the same input. In the field of conflict resolution, it is sometimes inadvertently believed that an action carried out to stabilise the conflict dynamics in one case should have similar results in another case that appears similar.

Amidst the developments of the Arab Spring, it would be incorrect to say that the measures that brought a multilateral intervention force in Libya would be equally effective in the present-day conflict in Syria. While this argument stresses the urgency for international support to stop violence in Syria, it fails to account for the local, regional and international dynamics that have thus far thwarted such action. Essential to these dynamics are individual states' national interests, which govern the extent and depth of their international relations. Furthermore, the actions taken by the international community in Libya, as Totten argues, have led the country to a political trajectory that is still unclear, and to a political environment rife with tribal strife.

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