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NATO in AfghanistanFighting Together, Fighting Alone$
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David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159386

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159386.001.0001

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Extending the Argument

Extending the Argument

Libya and Operation United Protector

(p.195) 8 Extending the Argument
NATO in Afghanistan

David P. Auerswald

Stephen M. Saideman

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the 2011 intervention in Libya, a conflict begun as a coalition of the willing that later evolved into a NATO intervention. Many of the same dynamics appeared in Libya as occurred in Afghanistan. Presidential and majoritarian parliamentary governments had wide discretion to act as they saw fit. Coalition governments were constrained by their need to maintain parliamentary confidence. Two other interesting findings were apparent in Libya. First, the intervention was a dramatic example of multilateral forum shopping, with the main participants trying two alternative organizational arrangements during the intervention. The fact that they settled on the NATO mechanism holds promise for the alliance's future. Second, the Libya case highlights some of the nuances required when explaining parliamentary coalition behavior, particularly with regard to the coalition's ideology and the viability of alternative governing coalitions.

Keywords:   Libya, NATO intervention, parliamentary governments, coalition governments, multilateral forum shopping, parliamentary coalition behavior

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