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The Lockerbie case and its outcome, including the establishment of relations with Libya, can only be explained through the prism of strategic political, economic, and security interests. Libya provided the United States (US) and the United Kingdom an important ally in the region as a source of intelligence on global terrorist activity. The international community should consider these factors and examine the history of relations with Libya when determining its future involvement in the country. The records of declassified and leaked US documents show the progression of US policy from the decades of confrontation with Qadhafi to his regime becoming an important ally and asset in the region. The files also expose how in the years leading up to the 2011 revolution, US policy was shaped by the assumption that enhancing military and economic ties with Libya would translate into greater democratic opening and political reform.

Keywords:Libya; Lockerbie; Qadhafi; United States (US)



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