Fadel Lamen

  • Libya and the HoR Vote: What May Come Next

    After many failed attempts to meet and reach a quorum, Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR) seated in Tobruk met on August 22 and voted on the cabinet of the Government of National Accord (GNA) proposed by the Presidential Council (PC) led by Fayez Serraj. With the legal quorum of 101 members, 61 members voted no confidence, 39 abstained, and only one voted in favor of Serraj’s cabinet.
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  • Libyan Matryoshka

    Analyzing the situation in Libya and trying to define the root causes of the crisis is akin to unboxing a traditional Russian nesting doll—identical matryoshka dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other ad infinitum. An initial reading may reveal the main cause of the Libyan crisis to be ideological divisions between Islamists and secularists. Beneath that, however, is another underlying cause resulting from a periphery-center struggle.
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  • A Constitution for Libya: A Futile Debate?

    Talking about and discussing a constitution for Libya at this moment may seem a futile exercise. The situation on the ground is such that even the simplest idea of a Libyan State may seem surreal, given the diverse interests battling for control of the country and its resources.
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  • Libya’s Peace Deal Will Need Western Support to Succeed

    A UN-brokered Libya peace agreement is hamstrung by security challenges, the uncertainty that it may actually end up producing a third power center in a country that already has two rival governments, and questions about whether the envisaged national unity government would even be able to operate from Tripoli.

    But these challenges are not insurmountable. The agreement can succeed if it receives ample support from the international community and if the new government adopts a more inclusive policy, said Karim Mezran, a Resident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

    “If Western countries are strongly behind the national unity government it might have a real shot at success,” said Mezran. He said the West could show its support by declaring that the national unity government alone has the right to manage the Libyan Investment Authority’s assets, control the central bank, and sell Libya’s oil.

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  • Can Morocco Talks Unite Libyan Rivals?

    Atlantic Council analyst says ISIS threat must galvanize political foes

    Rival factions in Libya must come together for talks in Morocco this week to take on the threat posed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), says Atlantic Council analyst Fadel Lamen.

    An ISIS affiliate has exploited the political and security vacuum in Libya by putting down roots in the eastern part of the country.

    In January, ISIS-affiliated militants attacked Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel. They shocked the world in February by beheading twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya.

    “This should galvanize everybody to come together to fight an existential threat,” Lamen, who is a Nonresident Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, said in an interview.

    Lamen will participate in the talks in Morocco on March 5 as a civil society representative and Chairman of the National Dialogue Commission.

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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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  • Atlantic Council Launches Network of Middle East-based Fellows

    The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched this spring a network of nonresident fellows. Based in the Middle East and North Africa, the network brings to the Council new perspectives and locally driven analysis on the processes of change and transition in the Arab world. 
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  • Social Bonds Hold Libya Together, But Stronger Political Bonds Needed to Prosper

    Recent foreign reporting of Libya would suggest that we are on the brink of a civil war. The departure of Prime Minister Zeidan, the inability of the central government to prevent the escape of a mystery oil tanker laden with Libyan oil, the fighting in Sirte: taken together, these portend, in the eyes of outside observers, a tinderbox country just waiting for a match.
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  • Negotiating Libya's Constitution

    Libya’s future as a democracy hinges on the constitution-drafting process and the ability of the constituent assembly to consider and adequately address major political and security challenges.

    A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “Negotiating Libya’s Constitution,” examines the political and security context of Libya’s constitution-making process, concerns related to the constitution-drafting body, and potentially divisive issues to be addressed in the new constitution.

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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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