Jacob Mundy’s Libyais the first book to explain the political, security, and humanitarian crises that have engulfed Libya – Africa’s largest oil-exporting country – since the Arab Spring of 2011. Examining the roots of the anti-Gaddafi revolution and the failures that resulted in the country’s descent into chaos, Mundy identifies new centers of power that coalesced in the wake of the regime’s collapse. The more these rival coalitions vied for political authority and control over Libya’s vast oil wealth, the more they reached out to external actors who were playing their own “great game” in Libya and across the region. In the face of such a multifaceted crisis, the future looks grim as the international community seems unable to bring peace to this divided and conflict-ridden nation.
Keywords: Libya; Middle East; Oil; Revolution; Arab Spring; Gaddafi; 2011 military intervention; NATO; Benghazi, Political Revolution / Violence / Terrorism, International Relations, Political Revolution / Violence / Terrorism, International Relations