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The Cauldron: NATO’s 2011 Operation to Protect Civilians in Libya by Weighill and Gaub

  • Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building Oxford OX1 3UQ United Kingdom (map)

Tuesday Lunchtime Seminar Series
Trinity Term 2019: Week 1

Seminars at 1pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford. A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.40pm. All are welcome.


The Cauldron: NATO’s 2011 Operation to Protect Civilians in Libya

Rob Weighill

NATO’s Libya Operation was a first in several ways: the first time the alliance operated in an Arab and African country, the first time Arab partners participated in kinetic strike missions, the first time it executed a UN mandate designed to protect civilians and the first time the United States were not in the lead. This book describes the operation’s story from all sides concerned: spanning the hallways of the United Nations in New York, NATO Headquarters in Brussels and, crucially, the two operational epicenters: the Libyan battlefield, and Joint Force Command Naples, which was in charge of the mission. Weighill and Gaub offer a comprehensive exploration of both the war's progression and the many challenges NATO faced, from its extremely rapid planning and limited understanding of Libya and its forces, to training shortfalls and the absence of post-conflict planning. 

Rob Weighill retired from the British Army three years ago, adopting a consultancy portfolio working with the extractive industry in strategic risk, commercial enterprises in resilience and defence. He spent five years at NATO’s multinational headquarters in Naples, leading the planning of NATO’s Libyan intervention and directing operations from the Joint Task Force in 2011. He now works full time as the Head of the Change Design and Delivery Portfolio Office in London Underground.