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Uncharted terrain: Libya and the 'responsibility to protect'

By Julia Rabar

As the coalition’s airstrikes continue in Libya, there is speculation on what the Libyan intervention means, both for the future of Libya and the future of the ‘Arab spring’. But the fallout isn’t just about political order in the Middle East—the international community’s intervention in Libya represents an important test case for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine.

This paper considers the objectives and likely outcomes of the mission and the possible implications for the doctrine.