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Song, Yanan (2016) 'The US Commitments to NATO in the Post-Cold War Period - A Case Study on Libya.' Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 14 (1). pp. 83-113.

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Abstract

The recent history of the US commitment to NATO has been dominated by economic pressures, squabbles over NATO’s military performance in Afghanistan, and the apparent American preference for ‘leading from behind’ in Libya. The case study on Libya will be especially important in exploring the Obama administration’s understanding of the purpose of NATO in the context of current economic pressures, domestic US debates about post-War on Terror interventions, and of increasing American preoccupation with Pacific (rather than European) security. In the case of Libya, the US apparently hesitated to unfold military operations against Libyan military targets. It seems to be the first time that the US followed rather than led its European allies to a campaign. The reason why the US was reluctant to intervene in Libya at the very beginning; why it changed its mind to join the operation later; and why it transferred the Libyan mission to NATO and adopted the strategy of ‘leading from behind’, reflected on not only the redefinition of ‘American way of war’, but also the future of NATO.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: US foreign policy; Obama administration; NATO; Libya; Syria
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science
ISSN: 14794012
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/14794012.2015.1125165
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 11:16
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30240
Related URLs: https://www.tan ... 12.2015.1125165 (Publisher URL)

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