A New Book on Libya: revolution and state-building
My new book on Libya has just been published in Beirut (in Arabic). The book is an analysis of the developments of Libya's contemporary history, economy and politics ever since this North African oil exporting country was granted independence by a UN General Assembly in 1951 up untill the uprisings against four decades of Gaddafi's infamous dictatorship. The book discussues the interplay of social, eceonomic and political dynamics that shqpe this country and devotes apprpriate attention to the role of external dynamics in its affiars culminating in the international/ Nato intervention in 2011 that was justified by the UN Security Council's resolution 1973 to protect civilans but went into actual regime change. Most of the analysis is devotd to the uprisings against Gaddafi and its results while focusig on its aftermath and the prospects for democracy and its challenges.
Readers will benefit from the author's familiarity with the history and politics of Libya and his insightful ideas about uts predicaments and the determinants of its future. There is also a great deal of analysis and first hand information on what constituted Gaddafi's regime atte prat reform and why it failed.
Youssef.sawani, department of political science, university of Tripoli, Libya, Masri street, Tripoli
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