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Accession Number ADA592903
Title Retaking the Lead from Behind: A New Role for America in Libya.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 34p
Personal Author B. E. Linvill
Abstract The Arab Awaking upended thirty years of U.S. regional engagement in North Africa and heightened America's strategic interests in Libya. While militias dominate and destabilize the security environment in Libya, the country's oil wealth, infrastructure, and largely ethnically homogenous, pro- Western population show promise for long term stability and prosperity. To transition Libyan security structures into guardians of institutionalized democracy, Libya must overcome the legacy of a regime which robbed it of human capital. The United States Government, and in particular the Department of Defense (DoD), has employed many tools to assist Libya with this transition, but to date these have proved inadequate. Through a principled, low-cost approach, DoD can broaden steps to non-invasively support Libya's burgeoning democracy, employing tools such as defense advisors, security cooperation specialists, and Special Forces trainers. DoD can also enable the capabilities of international partners and allies, especially NATO. The payoffs are extreme; success could lead Libya to becoming a longstanding U.S. regional security partner, while failure could result in continued chaos and an extremist safe haven.
Keywords Democracy
Department of defense
Foreign policy
International relations
Middle east policy
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military training
Security engagement
United states government
Western security(International)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Stanford Univ., CA. Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research project.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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