Libya has been engulfed in a civil war since February 15, 2011, as the country’s president battles out with rebels named the National Transitional Council who have stated that they want to withdraw the current leader and hold democratic elections. In the recent past, rebels have advanced in Tripoli and made other advances making the six months war to appear almost over. This paper will discuss the current civil war in Libya and how it affects the U.S and its Libyan relations.

Libyan civil war

Engulfed in civil war since February, 2011, the situation in Libya affects the U.S. in many ways; the humanitarian crisis and surging oil prices that have impacted world markets negatively. To protect the Libyan citizens, the U.S. and its allies imposed a no fly zone over Libyan airspace to try and protect citizens. The U.S. also implemented its own unilateral response including sanctions to the Qadhafi regime’s atrocities. In the recent past, as at the end August, the U.S. president has been vocal urging colonel Qadhafi to hand over power peacefully to avert further loss of human life. The U.S. department of states through the U.S. ambassador to Libya Mr. Cretz discussed the situation in Libya and what the U.S. as the superpower and its partners were doing to stop the brutality and bloodshed by the Libyan regime.   

Qadhafi has been known never to easily give-up, thus the “pockets” of fighting reported will continue for some time. It is likely that the Qadhafi regime will be toppled finally though and the NTC rebels will take over the reins of government. As the superpower, the U.S. will be required to offer humanitarian aid and technical knowhow to the NTC over several issues; one of them on how to mine oil to help stabilize oil prices. The U.S. has since July 19, 2011, been urging other countries to recognize the NTC and it seems that the NTC rebels are almost taking over power in Libya. The U.S. will be strategically placed to exploit oil reserves in Libya and help stabilize oil prices in the world. But again, China is s strong emerging market and may be interested in a share of Libya’s oil reserves to fuel its growing economy. It’s a wait and see situation.

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