Chapter

Libya

Gawdat Bahgat

in Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780813031668
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031668.003.0007
Libya

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This chapter examines Libya's weapons of mass destruction (WDM) program. It rejects the proposition that Libya agreed to rid itself of WMD programs in December 2003 because Muammar Gadafi was scared of facing the same fate as Saddam Hussein. It argues that Libya's gradual acceptance of international norms started several years before the 2003 war in Iraq. It explains that Libya's nuclear program was in its infancy in 2003 and renouncing it brought an end to economic sanctions and a normalization of relations with western countries.

Keywords: WMD; Libya; Muammar Gadafi; nuclear program; economic sanctions; international relations; western countries

Chapter.  8951 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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