CIPS Policy Brief No. 12, September 2012

  • The success of NATO’s mission in Libya seems to show excellent promise for the Alliance’s strength and capacity in future ‘out-of-area’ missions.
  • However, Libya was in many ways an easy case; and even here NATO members displayed fractured solidarity and wide disparities in defense capabilities.
  • Hence the Libya operation also reveals the Alliance’s vulnerabilities and raises questions about its ability to respond effectively to future crises.

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Alexandra Gheciu is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies.