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30 September 2014

This week Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman was featured on BBC's Newshour, discussing how the lessons of what he considers the failed intervention in Libya can provide insight into the current situation in Iraq and Syria. According to Kuperman, the first lesson is that "interventions can actually make things worse." Instead of encouraging a quick and peaceful resolution, interventions can extend the length and heighten the violence of conflicts. Secondly, foreign interventions can sometimes work against U.S. national interests. Libya, for example, was an ally in the war on terror, but is now a haven for terrorists and a destabilizing threat to the North Africa region as a whole. Moreover, says Kuperman, U.S. policymakers should not change foreign policy based on propaganda from either rebels in Libya or terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and should instead be very careful when deciding whether to engage in a full intervention or not.

The full interview can be found here.

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