Rehabilitating a Rogue: Libya's WMD Reversal and Lessons for US Policy

March 2006
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Spring2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p63
Academic Journal
The article presents an analysis of the December 2003 decision by Muammar al-Qadhafi to dismantle Libya's nonconventional weapons programs. It discounts previously held beliefs that such actions were the result of the United States invasion of Iraq or economic sanctions. It emphasizes that there were three more pragmatic reasons including Libya's concern about al Qaeda and a desire to ally with the United States against such a threat, Qadhafi's preoccupation with his reputation and international image and the ability of the United States to influence an international agenda against Libya, as exemplified by the Pan Am 103 case. The article also suggests that Libya's actions hold significant implications for United States policymakers in future dealings with other "rogue states."


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