To the Shores of Tripoli

Julian Lindley-French offers good reasons why NATO-led state-building in Libya can be more successful than US efforts in Iraq and NATO efforts in Afghanistan:  The situation is better to start, and we have learned key lessons from those two earlier efforts.  I agree with him!   Those who warned that intervention would fail in Libya, leaving an endless stalement, civil war, and divided nation were wrong.  Those who are now warning that state-building efforts will fail can be proven wrong as well.  Also, check out the discussion at the US Institute of Peace’s International  Network for Economics and Conflict website, which has a good discussion of Libya reconstruction issues.

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Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University
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