The United Nations and International Intervention in Libya

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Please join us for a panel discussion with Ian Martin on his latest book, ‘All Necessary Measures?’, about the origins and early trajectory of the international intervention in Libya from 2011 to 2012.

This event will also include contributions from General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former UK Chief of the Defence Staff, and Mary Fitzgerald, a writer and researcher specialising in the Mediterranean region.

The international intervention in the wake of the 2011 Libyan uprising against Muammar Qadhafi was initially considered a remarkable success: the UN Security Council’s first application of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, an impending civilian massacre prevented, and an opportunity for democratic forces to lead Libya out of a 40-year dictatorship. However, the optimism proved to be short-lived.

In this wide-ranging discussion, the panellists will reflect on how the intervention unfolded, and then unravelled. Could it have been done differently?

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Tobias Borck, Research Fellow for Middle East Security Studies, RUSI.

Speaker's biography 

Ian Martin was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya from September 2011 to October 2012. Having a distinguished international career in human rights and conflict resolution, he has undertaken a wide variety of other UN missions in Haiti, Rwanda, East Timor, Eritrea, Nepal and Gaza. All Necessary Measures? The United Nations and International Intervention in Libya was published by Hurst in April 2022.

How to attend

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