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. The Libyan government has not acted against the terrorist suspects because it is weak, so the United States and Europe should do more to help build the new Libyan state. The editorial endorsed the policy letter to Secretary of State John Kerry released this week, which outlines several recommendations for robust US engagement with Libya. The letter, the latest undertaking by 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 – galvanized the support of twenty-eight signatories, including prominent foreign policy experts and Libyan-Americans.

The policy letter was also cited in a Foreign Policy Democracy Lab piece by Christian Caryl, which also calls for ramping up assistance to the fledgling Libyan state.