Qaddafi's defeat at the hands of the Western-backed rebels was a triumph for Obama and the principle of humanitarian intervention -- one that is, unfortunately, unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
The United States and its coalition partners’ decision to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya seemed to be a vindication of the fragile “responsibility to protect” norm. But just how strengthened RtoP will be depends on how well the intervention turns out.
This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.
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