The Contribution of Foreign Intervention to Post-Arab Spring Conflicts in -Yemen and Libya-

Ali , Afnan Imad Eldin Musa
A decade ago, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region experienced a series of anti-government uprisings, referred to as “The Arab Spring”. The traditional corrupted regimes, the absence of political freedom and decline standard of living incited people to take their demands to the streets. People were asking for the fall of the authoritarian regimes, and the rise of democratic path for the transfer of power with a mutual slogan ―Alshaeb yurid iisqat alnizam/الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام ‖ (in English: the people wants to overthrow the regime). Currently, the picture in Yemen and Libya seems more complex, as the matter turned into a complete nightmare and disappointment. This will be addressed clearly by specifying Yemen and Libya as case studies. Both states experienced high level of foreign intervention aiming to protect civilians, however, the military intervention in Yemen and Libya has revealed that it is a war of interests before it is a war of protecting human values. It also raises lack of credibility in the application, which is exercised with a kind of selectivity and double standards of the intervening states. The intervention under the humanitarian justification and the moral responsibility of the international community had severe unintended consequnces on humanity. Accordingly, this study finds its way to examine the state before and after the Arab Spring uprisings in Yemen and Libya. It aims to analyze how humanitarian-motivated foreign intervention contributed to the post-Arab spring uprisings and planted the path of democratic transition with thorns, instead of roses.


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Citation Formats
A. I. E. M. Ali, “The Contribution of Foreign Intervention to Post-Arab Spring Conflicts in -Yemen and Libya-,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.