January 22, 2014
Negotiating Libya’s Constitution
Pickard highlighted Tunisia’s promising transition as a possible model for Libya to emulate, while pointing out some major differences between the countries: namely Libya's low level of institutionalization, the lack of a national vision, and questions surrounding the elites’ ability to implement and enforce changes in a highly weaponized environment.
Stigant drew lessons from the case of South Africa, highlighting the importance of the citizens’ commitment to finding a solution, the inclusiveness of the overall process, and the concerted effort to foster trust among the stakeholders.
Transitioning to the unique case of Libya, Lamen countered the notion that Libya is rapidly nearing failed state status, questioning whether the country even has a state. While Libyans prepare to elect the constitution draft assembly, Lamen stressed that the national dialogue would provide the platform to reach consensus on a national charter and proposed solutions to some of Libya’s most critical challenges.