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A presentation by
I. William Zartman
Professor Emeritus, School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Some may absolve Libya’s current authorities for most of the blame for the current state of affairs, pointing instead to the Qaddafi-era legacy and the state’s subsequent lack of institutional capacity. In a new Atlantic Council report, “Libya’s Faustian Bargains: Breaking the Appeasement Cycle,” co-authors Jason Pack, Karim Mezran, and Mohamed Eljarh argue that, as the Morning Glory tanker incident has shown, it is the Libyan authorities' policy of appeasing opponents that constitutes the main cause for Libya's current struggles. The international community's commitment to supporting Libyan institutions will not be enough to help the country overcome its problems unless the question of appeasement is addressed head-on and decision-making takes a new direction. Please join the Atlantic Council for a discussion about the Libyan landscape and how challenging the policy of appeasement could be a viable path forward for the country.