Libya : a UN resolution and NATO's failure to protect
Land of blue helmets : the United Nations and the Arab world
Oakland : University of California Press, 2017
This chapter discusses the ongoing debate about NATO's 2011 intervention in Syria. Did NATO abandon its primary duty to protect members of the civilian population in Lydia because it committed first and foremost to ensuring the overthrow of Qaddafi, as some scholars argue? The following critical analysis of the NATO-led intervention in Libya seeks to determine whether there is further evidence that ulterior motives for the intervention adversely affected NATO policy during and subsequent to the intervention, thus putting civilians at greater risk of serious injury or death. In particular, this chapter addresses NATO's violations of international humanitarian law.