Libya Working Group

  • Brynen Quoted by ahramonline on Governance in Libya


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  • Eljarh Interviewed by The Cipher Brief on Instability in Libya


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  • Crisis in Libya: European and Libyan Views

    On Wednesday, May 20, the Atlantic Council hosted Dr. Mattia Toaldo, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Abdul Rahman Al Ageli, Cofounder of the Libyan Youth Forum, for a roundtable discussion about the current crisis in Libya. The speakers shared their insights of the nuanced dynamics on-the-ground and Europe's perspective and response.

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  • Libya: Update from the Field

    Libya's democratic promise is more precarious than ever. On the one hand, the government recently reached a deal with armed groups to end a year-long blockade of critical oil fields, and the election commission released final results from the recent parliamentary elections. On the other, a political struggle is taking on an increasingly violent dimension, while targeted killings, crime, and power outages continue to disrupt daily life. On Monday, July 21, 2014, the Atlantic Council hosted Fadel Lamen for a Libya Working Group briefing on recent developments in the country and prospects for national dialogue. Fadel Lamen is president of Libya's National Dialogue Preparatory Commission and a nonresident fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Karim Mezran moderated the discussion.

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  • Mezran on Dismissal of Libyan Prime Minister

    Christian Science Monitorquotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran about the dismissal of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan:

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  • Negotiating Libya’s Constitution

    As Libya embarks on drafting a new constitution and convening a national dialogue, the country faces significant security obstacles which threaten progress on these important milestones. On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched a new issue brief, “Negotiating Libya’s Constitution,” coauthored by senior fellow Karim Mezran and nonresident fellow Duncan Pickard. A roundtable, organized under the auspices of the Libya Working Group – a joint initiative with the Project on Middle East Democracy and Freedom House, to explore the brief and broader challenges, including how a national dialogue process could bolster Libya’s transition. The event featured commentary from Pickard; Susan Stigant, a senior program officer at the United States Institute of Peace; and Fadel Lamen, a Hariri Center nonresident fellow and current chair of the preparatory National Dialogue Commission in Libya. Mezran moderated the discussion.
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  • Washington Post Highlights Letter to Kerry on Libya

    One year since the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the Washington Post’s editorial board has cautioned against a US special forces raid in Libya to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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  • Beyond Benghazi: Libya's Transition and the Future of US-Libyan Relations

    One year after the deadly attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the Libya Working Group–a joint initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and Freedom House–convened a panel discussion to assess developments in Libya and the role of the United States and the international community in supporting its democratic transition.
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  • Renewing US Engagement with Libya

    The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East together with the Project on Middle East Democracy and Freedom House lead the Libya Working Group, which convenes regular roundtables with experts to discuss a range of political, security, and economic issues in post-Qaddafi Libya.
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  • Foreign Policy Experts Call on Secretary Kerry to Actively Support Democratic Transition in Libya

    One year ago this week, an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya tragically claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Ambassador Stevens was widely respected as a champion of serious US commitment to Libya and broad engagement with its people. In the year since his death, however, the United States has had limited engagement with the North African country during a critical stage of its transition. 
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