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Special Report: Libya, the Accidental War

Monday, May 2, 2011

With the weeks grinding on in an intervention that no one anticipated, the West finds itself increasingly embroiled in Libya's civil war. In this special report, World Politics Review explores the strategic and diplomatic fallout of NATO's intervention in Libya through articles published in the past two months.

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U.S. Leadership

Obama Abdicating U.S. Leadership in Libya
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
March 14, 2011

On Libya, the 'Do Something' Crowd Is Back
By Michael A. Cohen
March 17, 2011

U.S. Leadership not at Stake in Libya
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 18, 2011

Obama's Problematic Approach to War
By Alan W. Dowd
March 29, 2011

Obama's 'Just Enough' Doctrine in Libya
By Nikolas Gvosdev
April 15, 2011

Grand Strategy and Risk

Libya Could Shift NATO Focus Southward
By Nikolas Gvosdev
April 1, 2011

In Libya, Mastering the Art of 'Muddling Through'
By Robert Farley
March 30, 2011

Gadhafi and Terrorism: Preparing for a Stalemate
By Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
March 21, 2011

Coalition Must Act on Libyan Chemical Weapons
By Richard Weitz
March 22, 2011

Libya as Threat du Jour
By Nikolas Gvosdev
March 11, 2011

Military Tactics

The Limitations of a No-Fly Zone Over Libya
By Carlos Yordán
March 7, 2011

Libya and the Afghan Model
By Robert Farley
March 23, 2011

Sea Power and the Arab Spring
By Robert Farley
March 2, 2011

Libya Highlights EU's Crisis Management Gaps
By Dominik Jankowski
April 8, 2011

Emerging Powers

Civis Sinicus Sum: China's Great Power Burdens in Libya
By Jonas Parello-Plesner
March 3, 2011

India, Libya and the Kashmir Paradox
By Yogesh Joshi
March 11, 2011

Understanding Latin American Support for Gadhafi
By Frida Ghitis
March 10, 2011

BRICs Fall Flat on UNSC Libya Vote
By Michael Cecire
March 28, 2011

Libyan Crisis a Missed Opportunity for Turkey
By Yigal Schleifer
March 28, 2011

The Libyan Crisis: Three Lessons for Global Politics
By Yogesh Joshi
March 31, 2011

Russia's Libya Strategy
By Richard Weitz
April 12, 2011

Diplomacy and Lessons Learned

A Dictator's Primer on the Libyan Intervention
By Nikolas Gvosdev
April 8, 2011

Initial Lessons Learned From Libyan Intervention
By Robert Farley
April 20, 2011

Can Diplomacy Work in Libya?
By Richard Gowan
March 9, 2011

Securing a Political Resolution to the Libyan Crisis
By Richard Gowan
April 4, 2011