, Volume 67, Number 5

Jason Pack and Shashank Joshi
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Shashank Joshi is a doctoral student of international relations at Harvard University, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. Jason Pack researches Libyan History at Cambridge University. He has worked in Tripoli and Washington on strengthening US-Libya commercial and diplomatic ties.

It is neither too early nor too flagrantly self-congratulatory for NATO to declare victory in the military phase of its recent foray into North Africa. Nevertheless, just as the international community was crucial to the rebels’ success in overthrowing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, so too will it be vital to the stabilisation efforts that are now underway, and in the ensuing process of transition to legitimate governance capped by the nation-wide elections slated for 2012.

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