Libya's foreign policy in North Africa /
Mary-Jane Deeb.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1991.
x, 214 p. ; 23 cm. --
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Boulder : Westview Press, 1991.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 195-205.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-07:
In this brief but informative volume, Deeb examines the objectives and instruments of Libya's foreign policy since 1969. She employs a neorealist theoretical framework and a contextual approach that underscore the role of ideology and that downgrade psychological factors in the study of foreign policy. Libya's foreign policy objectives and behavior seem to have followed a consistent pattern during this period. These objectives in North Africa include the protection of the regime from external threats and the defense of Libyan territory against neighboring states. Whenever he perceives a threat, Qadhafi chooses to engage in conflictual behavior such as subversive activities, military intervention, support for opposition groups, or abusive mass media campaigns. However, when faced with an overwhelming threat, Qadhafi turns to conciliatory measures in the form of negotiations, mergers, unions, and offers of economic and military aid--efforts designed to neutralize the external threat and to gain a protector. Although the book is informative, Deeb tends to make unsubstantiated generalizations. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -M. Tamadonfar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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