Type
Article
Title
Libye : les défis de l'après-Kadhafi
Editor
FR
Number
133
Pages
253 - 272 p.
ISSN
02212781
Abstract
EN
Following in the footsteps of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya is the third dictator to be swept away in the democratic revolts of the Arab Spring. His fall, which only just preceded the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, brings symbolic closure to a decade marked by the shadow of Al Qaeda and the "global war on terror". Astonishingly, Gaddafi had managed to turn the international situation to his advantage. After the toppling of Saddam Hussein, he quickly dismantled his non-conventional arms in exchange for guarantees for the safeguard of his regime. Such opportunism allowed, for a time, a rapprochement with the West. But a stubborn (if heterogeneous) domestic resistance finally exploded in the winter of 2010-2011, and succeeded in ousting the "Guide of the Revolution" after months of bloody combat. The new Libya is a major player in the emancipation process that has only just begun in the southern Mediterranean.
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