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Title

Arms, Advisors and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Polish-Libyan Military Cooperation, 1970-1990

Authors

[ 1 ] Instytut Teorii Bezpieczeństwa, Wydział Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.3] Security studies

Year of publication

2021

Published in

The International History Review

Journal year: 2021 | Journal volume: Article in press | Journal number: -

Article type

scientific article

Publication language

english

Keywords
PL
  • Broń
  • Broń masowego rażenia
  • Kaddafí As-Sa’adi (1973- )
  • Libia
  • Militaryzm
  • Polska
  • Sprzęt wojskowy
  • Współpraca wojskowa
  • Zbrojenia
EN
  • Armaments
  • Kaddafí As-Sa’adi (1973- )
  • Libya
  • Military cooperation
  • Military equipment
  • Militarism
  • Poland
  • Weapons of mass destruction
Abstract

EN This paper examines the roots and outcomes of Polish-Libyan military cooperation between 1970 and 1990. From the early 1970s onward, Muammar Gaddafi spent millions of US dollars purchasing military hardware from the Soviet bloc. Poland played a significant role in this process by which his armed forces were re-equipped, by providing weapons and advisors who trained soldiers at both the Polish and Libyan military academies. In this paper, the authors refer to declassified files from the Polish archives to address the dynamics and main pillars of Polish-Libyan military cooperation, as well as describing challenges relating to the deployment of hundreds of specialists at Gaddafi’s facilities. The paper also sheds light on Poles’ involvement in secret Libyan nuclear and chemical projects, underlining financial benefits that became the driving force behind such clandestine relationships.

Date of online publication

15.11.2021

Pages (from - to)

1 - 21

DOI

10.1080/07075332.2021.1991978

URL

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07075332.2021.1991978

Comments

Publikacja będąca na zasadach tzw. Early Access, o statusie artykułu: Article in press.

Open Access Mode

publisher's website

Release date

15.11.2021

Points of MNiSW / journal

140.0

Points of MNiSW / journal in years 2017-2021

140.0

Publication indexed in

Scopus | Web of Science