Multidimensional Threats and Military Engagement: The Case of the Italian Intervention in Libya

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Series Details Vol.20, No.3, November 2015, p303-321
Publication Date November 2015
ISSN 1362-9395
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The military operation in Libya (2011) is a paradigmatic case regarding the growing interaction of new security challenges: regional instability, transnational organized crime and illegal immigration. The main aim of the paper is to answer the question: Why has Italy employed a specifically military instrument to tackle transnational and non-military threats? Through process tracing the research looks at the political debate over the decision-making process in the case of the Italian military engagement in Libya, emphasizing the role played by the strategic culture, international norms and domestic dynamics.

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