Libya's 2011 Uprising: What Really Happened?

12 December 2018

During the "Arab Spring," Libya's 2011 uprising was portrayed as initially peaceful and secular. As a result, the Qaddafi regime's violent response was condemned, giving rise to a NATO-led military intervention. A deeper inquiry, however, reveals that the initial uprising was neither peaceful nor secular. This raises questions about news reporting, intelligence gathering, national security policymaking, and humanitarian intervention.

This study relies on both primary and secondary sources - in English, French, and Arabic - including contemporaneous videos and retrospective interviews with Libyan revolutionaries.

A light lunch will be provided.

About the speaker
Alan J. Kuperman is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Lyndon B. Johnson School’s Global Policy Studies program. He is founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project. His research focuses on ethnic conflict, military intervention, and nuclear nonproliferation.

Event details

  • When: 1.00pm - 2.15pm
  • Where:

    Meeting Room 441

    Social Sciences Building (A02)

    The University of Sydney

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Clare Hodgson

    T: 02 9351 7663

    E: ciss@sydney.edu.au 



Libya's 2011 Uprising: What Really Happened?

Where

Meeting Room 441

Social Sciences Building (A02)

The University of Sydney

When

12 December 2018


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