A discussion with
Fadel Lamen
Libya’s National Dialogue Preparatory Commission

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

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 results from the recent parliamentary elections are trickling in. 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.

Within this context, what is the status of Libya’s transitional processes, including the National Dialogue? If authorities lack the capacity to act, is there a role for civil society? And how might the international community help Libya face the daunting obstacles to its transition? Please join us for a discussion about the latest developments in Libya. This event is part of the ongoing work of 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.

Fadel Lamen is a nonresident fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Prior to leading Libya’s National Dialogue Preparatory Commission, he served as president of the American Libyan Council. Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Karim Mezran, who focuses on the transitions in North Africa, will moderate the discussion.

DATE:              Tuesday, July 21, 2014
TIME:                2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION:     Atlantic Council
                         1030 15th St NW, 12th floor
                          Washington, DC 20005