Libya: What's Next?

March 2, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

Libya: What’s Next?

A conversation with:
Claudia Gazzini
Senior Libya Analyst
International Crisis Group

Moderated by:
Karim Mezran
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

In recent weeks, policymakers in Western capitals have expressed an increasing willingness to intervene militarily against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) in its Libyan coastal stronghold of Sirte, driven in part by an uptick in devastating attacks on Libya’s oil ports by ISIS fighters and the group’s expanding influence along Libya’s coast.

Please join the Atlantic Council on March 2, 2016 for a discussion on the protracted struggle for political and military control over Libya. Claudia Gazzini will share her expertise and research on Libya’s recent developments, the rise of ISIS, and recommendations for the development of Libya’s institutions based on recent visits to Tripoli. Karim Mezran will moderate the discussion.

As Senior Analyst for Libya, Dr. Claudia Gazzini oversees and directs International Crisis Group’s reporting and analysis on Libya. Dr. Karim Mezran is a Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where he focuses on the political developments of North Africa.


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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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As Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Libya, Claudia Gazzini works with the Middle East and North Africa team to research and produce reports on security, conflict, politics, governance, and social issues of Libya. Her areas of expertise include Libyan history and politics, Islamist movements, oil and gas in Libya, and colonialism. Before joining Crisis Group in 2012, Claudia worked for the Associated Press in Rome and for Reuters in Jakarta. She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Fiesole and a Visiting Fellow at the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. She holds a PhD and an MA in Middle Eastern history at Oxford University and Princeton University, respectively.

Karim Mezran focuses on the processes of political change in North Africa at the Hariri Center. As a distinguished Libyan-Italian scholar, Mezran brings significant depth of understanding to change in Libya and elsewhere in the region. In addition, he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he teaches courses on the history and politics of North Africa. Previously he was Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. Mezran holds a PhD in international relations from SAIS, a JD in comparative law from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," an LLM in comparative law from the George Washington University, an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in management from Hiram College.