The Libyan Paradigm

The Libyan Paradigm
The Libyan Paradigm

Observing Libya and its struggle to become a nation is sometimes really frustrating. The 2011 Revolution against the regime that quickly become a civil war, did not bode well. Too many hidden latent divisions, too many fragilities behind the façade of a new era filled with hope. Yet Libya is nothing but the result of its history, a story that has something in common with other African states.

Most of them, after decolonization, inherited a large part of the old colonial structures which were not the result of a process of natural evolution, as instead happened in Europe. The structures, the administration, the bureaucracy had been exported during colonization and left there at the time of decolonization. What remained was not a structurally rooted organism, but rather a fragile hybrid. To compensate for this, the formula of the strongman seemed perfect. And proof of this, it is the fact that between 1958 and 1984, 58 military coups in African nations were successful. One of these happened precisely in 1969, when Muhammar Gaddafi rise to power in Libya.


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