The contest over who gets to decide Libya’s transition has long been fought on two levels, the domestic and international ones.
While Libyan politicians and personalities have been known to deftly play international actors to advance their goals, international influence over Libya has swelled to such an extent that foreign states can now choose to keep Libya at peace, or plunge it into war, and are dealing to decide Libyan elections. Libya’s future depends as much on the kindness of strangers, as it does on Libyans remembering the virtues of sovereignty.

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