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What's in it for Us? Responses to the UK's Strategic Narrative on Intervention in Libya

The UK government’s strategic narrative on the 2011 intervention in Libya had only mixed success in influencing the public’s view of the conflict

Public support for military interventions is both critical to secure and invariably difficult to maintain. While foreign policy specialists frequently underscore the importance of having a compelling strategic narrative to legitimise military intervention, most studies fail to explain how transmitted government narratives are actually mediated by the press and ultimately received by the public. Thomas Colley examines the public’s response to the UK’s strategic narrative on

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