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Chapter 13: Libya's Uprising and the Responsibility to Protect
Humanitarian intervention has become a particularly salient feature of international politics since the end of the Cold War. From Somalia to Bosnia to Kosovo, multilateral forces entering conflict zones in the name of saving lives have raised hard questions about the nature of state sovereignty versus an increasingly strong case for the world's “responsibility to protect” civilians from harm when governments are unwilling or unable to do so. In this chapter, we explore both humanitarian intervention and the narrower, newer idea of “responsibility to protect” through a case study of the 2011 intervention in Libya while that country underwent a violent uprising as part of the broader Arab Spring.
The pathway of conflict ...