Libya in Western Foreign Policies, 1911-2011
Libya has a short, volatile history. Foreigners
played a significant role in shaping Libya's institutions and policies, and this
book explores longer term trends in the relations between Libya and the West, placing current developments in their historical context. Throughout history, the globe's most
powerful actors have regarded Libya as an outlier state of little significance.
Libya belonged neither here nor there and never fell under the full protection
of any significant global or regional powerhouse. Libya's weak national
identity, its weak institutions and its peripheral position have made it
vulnerable to external influences and interventions. As a result, Libya
repeatedly falls prey to foreign powers wanting to flex their muscles. As this
book narrates, this was the case in 1911, in 2011 and several times in between.