Libya – Road to Dysfunctionality


  • Wiesław Lizak University of Warsaw



Libya, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, migration crisis, Operation Unified Protector


The developments of the Arab Spring of 2011 extended, among others, to Libya. As a consequence of the armed anti-government uprising supported militarily by the air forces of the Western powers (under the auspices of NATO), the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, who has controlled the state since the 1969 military coup, was overthrown. The collapse of the current regime has initiated the path to the social, political and economic transformation of the Libyan state. However, the rivalry of local political forces which is a reflection of tribal, regional and ideological divisions, prevented the emergence of an effective political system. As a result, Libya has evolved into a dysfunctional state and the processes of internal destabilization and lack of state borders control generate threats also for the international environment of the country (West Africa, East Africa, Europe).


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Author Biography

Wiesław Lizak, University of Warsaw

Professor in Institute of International Relations at Warsaw University. Research interests: international relations in the regions of Africa, the Middle East and international conflicts. Author of several publications on these issues in which focus on problems of security and stability in Africa and the Middle East, and such issues as reasons and consequences of regional conflicts, challenges and threats to international security, regional mechanisms of emergency response and post-conflict stabilization. Co-author and co-editor of several volumes, including Stosunki międzynarodowe w Afryce (International Relations in Africa, co-editor with Jan J. Milewski, Warsaw 2002); Kuba i Afryka. Sojusz dla rewolucji (Cuba and Africa. Alliance for the Revolution, co-editor with Marcin F. Gawrycki, Warsaw 2006); Ochrona zdrowia w stosunkach międzynarodowych (Health Care in International Relations, coeditor with Anna M. Solarz, Warsaw 2013). Author of the monograph Afrykańskie instytucje bezpieczeństwa (African Institutions of Security, Warsaw 2012).


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How to Cite

Wiesław Lizak. 2019. “Libya – Road to Dysfunctionality”. Politeja 15 (5(56):23-40.