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France’s and the UK’s Responses to the Libya Crisis
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper aims at analysing the 2011 Libyan crisis and France’s and the UK’s response to it.

The research questions formulated in this study is:

1) Should the principle of responsibility to

protect override state sovereignty? 2) Did the principle of responsibility to protect violate

Libya’s sovereignty? 3) How did France and the UK perceive the situation in Libya and how

did they respond to it?

The theoretical framework consists of two theories to help answer the

questions formulated; the principle of responsibility to protect and neoclassical realism. The

theories are later connected to humanitarian intervention, security concerns and the security

dilemma. In the analytical framework, I will attempt to understand how France and the UK

interpreted the situation in Libya, what they thought was a suitable response to the crisis and

how they responded to it. The conclusion of this study is that the intervention in Libya can be

divided into two different interventions: the protection of civilians and the regime change.

The first part of the intervention did not violate Libya’s sovereignty as it was rightfully

justified with the responsibility to protect principle but the second part of the intervention was

violating Libya’s sovereignty as a regime change cannot be justified by the principle, which

makes the research question very complex. Related to responsibility to protect and

sovereignty the study will debate if the principle of responsibility should override state

sovereignty.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
responsibility to protect, neoclassical realism, United Nations Security Council, the security dilemma, intervention, state sovereignty, humanitarian intervention
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25305DiVA: diva2:1113867
Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22

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