Migration diplomacy in the Global South: cooperation, coercion and issue linkage in Gaddafi’s Libya
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.