Migration diplomacy in the Global South: cooperation, coercion & issue linkage in Gaddafi's Libya

Gerasimos Tsourapas

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Abstract

Despite a recent resurgence in research on the politics of migration, foreign policy analysts have yet to approach cross-border population mobility as a distinct field of inquiry. Particularly within the Global South, scant work has theorised the interplay between migration and interstate bargaining. This article proposes the framework of migration diplomacy to examine how mobility features in states’ issue-linkage strategies, in both cooperative and coercive contexts. Drawing on Arabic, French and English primary sources, it empirically demonstrates the salience of its framework through an analysis of Libya’s migration diplomacy towards its Arab, African and European neighbours under Muammar Gaddafi.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2367-2385
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume38
Issue number10
Early online date28 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Middle East
  • Libya
  • issue linkage
  • migration diplomacy
  • leverage
  • migration and refugees
  • Mediterranean
  • cooperation and coercion
  • transit migration
  • Gaddafi
  • Qaddafi

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