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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya$
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Dag Henriksen and Ann Karin Larssen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767480.001.0001

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The Role and Impact on NATO

The Role and Impact on NATO

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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya

Ryan C. Hendrickson

Oxford University Press

OUP, the NATO’s strikes in Libya, was unique in the alliance’s history of military interventions. This mission, which entailed some 25,000 sorties, considerably expanded NATO’s perceived role in shaping global security and protecting human rights. The chapter argues that though NATO exhibited tremendous flexibility in its institutional structures and cooperated very well with a number of its partners in this mission, the alliance also suffered due to intra-alliance tensions, and serious military and intelligence capability differences among the allies. NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as US secretary of defense Robert Gates were unable to resolve these other major differences, which highlighted the limitations of burden sharing across NATO’s membership.

Keywords:   OUP, NATO, burden sharing, military capabilities, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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