Libya emerged under United Nations auspices as a stillborn, failed state dependent on Western subventions. The civil war in which it is embroiled in 2011 confirms its manifold failures, now attributable to Colonel Muammar Qadaffi. The West is ill-positioned to reengage in nation-building, given its past failures.
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William Lewis; Libya: Dream versus Reality. Mediterranean Quarterly 1 September 2011; 22 (3): 42–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-1384864
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