This study in political science examines the UN adopted resolution 1970 (2011) and
resolution 1973 (2011) on the basis of foreign policy decision-making. The study aims to
explain how the UN principle of Responsibility to Protect came to be legitimized for the first
time by the UN Security Council in the Libya conflict in 2011. By a poliheuristic perspective
the study attempt to explain Russia and China’s acting in the voting of resolution 1970 and
resolution 1973. The background to the conflict in Libya 2011 is presented in the study as
well as the Security Council’s actions during the conflict, from the beginning of the conflict
until the adoption of resolution 1973. The study is based on an argument analysis to
crystallize the most important arguments from Russia and China’s statements regarding
resolution 1970 and resolution 1973. The results of the research shows that the adoption of
resolution 1973 and therefore a military intervention in Libya in 2011 can be explained, from
a poliheuristic perspective, primarily by the few political options and decision-making
dimensions actors have to choose from when making decisions.
2015. , 45 p.
Foreign policy decision-making, The UN Security Council, Peace and Security, conflict.