The introduction overviews the volume and argues that there is no one 17 February Revolution narrative, and the phenomenon can only be understood by understanding the narratives of its key geographic, tribal/communal and political players, networks and constituencies. It discusses the first part of this volume, which focuses on Libyan transitional authorities’ attempts to direct the revolution and transition, and the resultant political discord, and highlights the competing visions that emerged within Libya concerning the future of its state. The introduction also summarizes the policy implications faced by the international military intervention and civilian stabilization assistance, both framed by United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCR) 1970 and 1973, noting that both political and military planners were influenced by the desire to maintain an international ‘light footprint’, and to cede ultimate decisions on national self-determination to Libyan authority. The second part of this volume then focuses on the major geographic, tribal, ideological and political networks that emerged to shape events: Islamism, Cyrenaica/Barqa, Misrata, Western Mountains/Jabal Nafusa, Bani Walid and pro-Qadhafi loyalism, Tebu and Tuareg.
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