School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

In oil-rich Libya, an eastern warlord attacks the capital. Why now? And what's at stake?

April 10, 2019

CBC News, Chris Arsenault, with comments by Kim Nossal, Professor, School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies, Queen's University

Critics of foreign interventions say Libya is a prime example of what can go wrong with so-called democracy promotion overseas. 

The country's current crisis also exemplifies the lost promise of the Arab Spring. What started as a revolt against a brutal dictator has descended into lawlessness and factional conflict.

Kim Richard Nossal, a political science professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., said Canada and the other 13 NATO members and four non-NATO members that contributed armed forces to oust Gadfafi are unlikely "to acknowledge responsibility for 'breaking' Libya."

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