Mohamed Ethabet

Department: College of Social Sciences & International Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS)

Project Summary

This doctoral research analyses How does foreign intervention incentivises civil wars?: a study of Libya post-Gaddafi era. 
There has been a huge change in the social and political order of Libya in 2011. The country has also been subject to the proliferation of weapons and violence with Islamic ideology incidences the lawlessness with the spillovers that are affecting the neighboring countries. The study will be aimed at analysing the arguments about the role of foreign intervention since 2014 along with the usage of forces in the ground also, will be contributing to enriching the printed documents on the arguments of the foreign intervention in Libya, the primary causes of violence along with the state-building failure that has followed the revolution of 2011. Specifically, the research will look at the role played by foreign powers such as UAE, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, France in instigating the political factions involved in the civil war in Libya since 2014. In addition, the research will examine the UN's role in maintaining peace and its failure to do so.

Supervisory Team

Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer (Associate Professor in Ethno-Politics)

Dr. Mustafa Baig (Lecturer in Islamic Studies)

Wider Research Interests


  • Foreign Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Middle East Politics
  • International Relations of the Middle East
  • Political Violence
  • Radicalisation
  • Libya Foreign Policy 
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • International Relations Theories


  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Europ

Authored Publications/Reports

Mohamed Ethabet (5th January 2020) does foreign intervention in Libya one of the primary causes of the civil war that has erupted post the 2011 revolution, University of Westminster , APA, 2020, 32-40