What Libya Tells Us about the Future of Multilateralism?
June 15, 2011
The UN-mandated, NATO-led military action in Libya highlights a number of fundamental characteristics of multilateral politics. Libya reminds us of the continued relevance of and need for multilateral institutions to help states do together what they cannot or will not do alone. Multilateral institutions allow the international community to use the best tools and means available to solve transnational problems. But, understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of multilateral action is critical for engaging in these operations successfully.