The Role of Qatar and UAE in the Libyan Civil War
Hirak Jyoti Das, Senior Research Associate, VIF

The foreign policy approach of the Persian Gulf States is motivated by specific threats to regional stability. The strategic goals of these states have continuously evolved since the 2011 Arab Spring based on shifts in threat perception and developments in the political transition in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Libya. In the regional geopolitics, Saudi Arabia has been a traditional hegemon while Qatar and UAE have emerged as regional heavyweights that intend to stir the course of events in the region. This paper would attempt to analyze the strategic role of Qatar and UAE in shaping the political trajectory of Libya in the post Arab Spring period and assess its role from the lens of regional geopolitics.

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