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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 Political Rationale and Implications of the United Arab Emirates’ Military Involvement in Libya

The Political Rationale and Implications of the United Arab Emirates’ Military Involvement in Libya

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(p.134) 8 The Political Rationale and Implications of the United Arab Emirates’ Military Involvement in Libya
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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya
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Jean-Marc Rickli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767480.003.0008

This chapter looks at the role that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) played in Libya during OUP. It argues that UAE’s contribution to NATO’s OUP and their wider role in Libya should be seen as an attempt to maintain the regional stability of the Gulf while at the same time shaping perceptions as a reliable partner within the Alliance. The chapter starts by adopting an analytical framework anchored in small states’ security theories. It first introduces this body of theories and then looks at the UAE governance system. It then reviews and identifies the drivers of UAE’s foreign and security policy since the creation of the country in 1971. These factors are then used to explain the policy of the UAE in Libya. This chapter concludes with the implications of the UAE’s intervention in Libya on the current conduct of their security policy and defence policy.

Keywords:   UAE, small states security, Gulf security, NATO, military policy, Arab armed forces, Arab Spring, diplomacy

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