A Peace Support Operation (PSO) in Libya is a last resort measure. Once decided and after several preconditions are met, the scope of the mission should remain rather limited. Such a PSO deployed to the greater Tripoli area in order to stabilize the situation in and around the capital and to help the new government to get on its feet could make a significant difference anyway and would be a viable option.
The composition of the international force needs to be discussed with the Libyans. In any case it can be assumed that enabling capabilities will be required from western countries.
The presence of terrorist organizations on the ground, the danger of being into the civil war and the contest about the legitimacy of the House of Representatives could eventually result in a quite high level of risk for the security of the international force
Wolfgang Pusztai is a freelance security and policy analyst. He was the Austrian Defense Attaché to Libya from 2007 to 2012.