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Intervention or non-intervention?

March 27, 2011

By Fiorenzo Conte

A previous post discussed why the military victory of one side over the other in Ivory Coast could be conducive to long-term stability in the country. Chris Blattman here explains why the military intervention of the international community In Libya could undermine this process:

if external support provides rebels with a speedy victory, expect a disordered and disunited regime to take Qaddafi’s place. The one virtue of a long internal struggle is that it can force victors to build a base of support from which to rule effectively and peaceably.”

On the other side, Corinne Dufka on FP tries to make a case for military intervention in Ivory Coast. The main point is that clashes in Ivory Coast are likely to threaten lives of countless civilians. So if we cared about civilians in Libya, why shouldn’t we care in Ivory Coast?

Any thoughts on that?



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