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What Can the 2011 Libya Campaign Tell Us About the Future Norms of Warfare

Main Image Credit RAF Tornado GR.4s on a sortie during Operation Ellamy. Licence: Open Government Licence

A decade after the start of Operation ELLAMY, the contrast between the initial aims and the medium-term outcomes is stark. The conflict offers compelling lessons for the current generation of defence planners and policymakers.

Ten years ago, then UK Prime Minister David Cameron committed British forces to a military operation in Libya alongside French and US forces, apparently against the advice of both his defence secretary and Chief of Defence Staff. The British component of the mission, named Operation ELLAMY, ran coincidentally with the UK’s military commitment in Afghanistan and air and maritime constabulary activities around the world. Perhaps influenced by this context, Cameron ceded to

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