U.S. interests in relation to Libya have remained consistent through four Administrations. The United States goals have been to:
end Libyan support for terrorism;
prevent Libya from obtaining weapons of mass destruction; and
contain Libya’s regional ambitions, at least those that run counter to U.S. interests.
Since Libya has disengaged from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. interest has shifted toward encouraging Libya to play a constructive role in bringing about peaceful resolutions to African regional conflicts.
While not explicitly cited in U.S. policy pronouncements, several other issues that relate to Libya are important to the United States, such as energy security,...