Canada in Libya – Strategic Lessons Learned


  1. Bryson, R.
  2. Domansky, K.
  3. Jensen, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Calgary Univ. Calgary Alta (CAN) Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
In March 2011 Canada formed Operation MOBILE in response to the humanitarian crisis in Libya. This operation became part of the US led Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and later joined the international coalition Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR in response to UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973. Publicly framed as a humanitarian mission, and described as the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect, the mission served as an opportunity for Canada to demonstrate its value and relevance as an ally and coalition member. This paper explores the strategic lessons of the Libya intervention for Canada. This paper first provides an overview of Canadian foreign and defence policy in the post- Second World War era. Next, it discusses Canadian strategy and Canada’s specific strategic interests in the Middle East. This provides the framework for the analysis of domestic and international considerations which influenced Canada’s role in the intervention and the scope of its commitment in Libya. The paper concludes with eight strategic lessons that Canada and the CF should learn from Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2012-271 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2012
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