Carrots, sticks, and bombs: The end of libya's WMD program

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The United States and Libya resumed diplomatic relations in December 2008, after Colonel Muammar Qaddafi announced that the country decided to discontinue its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. A number of factors have influenced the government of the country to change its policy. The George W. Bush administration and its supporters argued that Qaddafi had taken such a decision to avoid military operation by the US. He took such a decision immediately after the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, which demonstrated that America was to remove hostile regimes by force. Other analysts emphasized that he took such a decision due to the impact of long-term factors, such as continued economic sanctions and the latest economic incentives, pursued by the United States by its Western allies and the United Nations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalMediterranean Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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