Libya

 
  • Sada - Analysis
    Another Election in Libya?
    Tarek Megerisi February 25, 2014 عربي

    New General National Congress elections will not solve the fundamental and structural flaws in Libya’s transitional system.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Oil, Libyans’ Bargaining Chip
    Kevin Casey February 11, 2014 عربي

    Conflict over Libya’s oil sector has become a proxy for numerous other conflicts that are working themselves out in post-uprising Libya.

     
  • Sada Discussion
    Libyan Security: How Can the International Community Help?
    Sada Debate January 31, 2014 عربي

    Following a bloody revolution, Libya confronts a range of challenges to its security and stability. What can the international community do to help address these issues? Four experts offer their perspectives on the role of outside actors.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    The Arab Spring Three Years On
    Richard Youngs January 31, 2014

    At the third anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, the state of play in the Middle East and North Africa is cause for concern. But is it all as somber as it looks?

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Pitfalls for Libya’s General Purpose Force
    Benjamin Nickels October 10, 2013 عربي

    Libya’s plans for a General Purpose Force have the potential to aid its security situation, but to be successful they must address a number of logistical, political, and institutional issues.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Not Inclusive Yet
    Ronald Bruce St John September 26, 2013 عربي

    Although Libya has striven to build a democratic state, gradual erosion of a commitment to inclusion—particularly of women—undermines the new government’s potential legitimacy.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Libya's Constitutional Twilight
    Carmen Geha, Gilbert Doumit October 25, 2012 عربي

    The ability of Libya’s Committee of Sixty to garner consensus is the next critical milestone for the country’s constitution.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    The Wrath of Libya's Salafis

    Benghazi’s recent violence reveals an anguished search for relevance in a country already socially conservative.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Is Autonomy for Northeastern Libya Realistic?
    Wolfram Lacher March 21, 2012 عربي

    Far from signaling the country's disintegration, the Barqa Conference reveals that the real debates are over decentralization not autonomy.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Disarming Libya’s Militias
    Amanda Kadlec February 16, 2012 عربي

    Distrustful of the NTC and one another, Libya’s militias resist immediate disarmament. Is it really a roadblock to democracy?

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Libya’s Security Situation
    Frederic Wehrey October 10, 2013 BBC World News America

    Grievances against Libya’s Zeidan government by the militias are not ideological but rather reflect the government’s inability to deliver services, its lack of transparency, and the way Zeidan governs.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    On Libya and Saudi Arabia
    Frederic Wehrey June 8, 2013 VOA Press Conference

    Post-Qaddafi Libya faces a number of significant challenges as it struggles to rein in militias and build political, economic, and security institutions.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Behind The Protests in Libya
    Frederic Wehrey September 26, 2012 Kojo Nnamdi Show

    Protests in Libya sparked an order to disband the country's rogue militias, but this is only the first step to security in Libya. Good governance and building an army are the long term solutions to Libya's challenges.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    How Big a Threat is al-Qaeda in Libya?
    Frederic Wehrey September 24, 2012 CNN International

    The ultimate solution to the security challenges in Libya resides in improved governance and the construction of a cohesive national army.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Killing Of U.S. Diplomats In Benghazi
    Frederic Wehrey September 13, 2012 Diane Rehm Show

    The turmoil in the Middle East, highlighted by the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, is fraught with security implications for the region.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Witnessing a Battle of Ideas in the Arab World
    Marwan Muasher September 13, 2012 PBS' NewsHour

    Although tainted by the recent violence in the region, the democratic transitions sparked by the Arab uprisings cannot be measured in days or months, but in decades.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Libyan Salafists Assert Power with Embassy Attacks
    Frederic Wehrey September 12, 2012 PBS NewsHour

    Since Libya established a secular democracy, conservative Muslims in Libya, known as Salafists, have felt disenfranchised. The attack on the American embassy is in part an effort to gain public attention.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Libyans Vote, But Power Struggle Has Just Begun
    Frederic Wehrey July 8, 2012 NPR

    Despite continued turbulence, Libyans remain guardedly optimistic about the trajectory of their democratic transition, especially after parliamentary elections were held with few problems.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Changing Nature of the Arab World
    Marwan Muasher October 28, 2011 Viewpoints with James Zogby

    In countries like Syria and Libya, where the situation is still fluid and tumultuous, Tunisia provides a great example of how a transitional election should unfold.

     
  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    What Political Models Might Shape the Arab World?
    Marina Ottaway October 24, 2011 NewsHour

    If successful, the Tunisian elections could provide a model for other countries in the region that are experiencing political transitions.

     
  • Event
    Building Libya’s Security Sector: Libyan, U.S., and International Perspectives
    Frederic Wehrey, Aref Ali Nayed, Ben Fishman, Michael Smith, Faraj Najem November 5, 2013 Washington, DC

    Although the United States and several NATO members have recently announced plans to train and equip a new Libyan army, the country faces enormous challenges in rebuilding and reforming its security sector.

     
  • Event
    Institutional Reform in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia
    Marwan Muasher, Frederic Wehrey, Ellen Lust, Jakob Wichmann May 28, 2013 Washington, DC

    A focus on the differences between political actors and their implications for political development could distract attention from trying to understand the critical institutional changes underway in countries across the Arab world.

     
  • Event
    Securing Libya's Periphery
    Marina Ottaway, Frederic Wehrey, Fadel Lamen, Peter Cole September 26, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Nearly four decades of the Qaddafi regime’s systemic marginalization and mismanagement of Libya’s eastern and southern regions have resulted in deep security, political, and economic problems that continue to challenge the country’s transition toward democracy.

     
  • Event
    Democratization in the Arab World
    Laurel Miller, Jeffrey Martini, Thomas Carothers, Marina Ottaway July 18, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    The successes and setbacks of other democratic transitions can provide insight into the problems ahead for the Arab Spring.

     
  • Event
    Islamists in Power: Views from Within
    April 5, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Islamist parties will have a dominant impact on the outcome of Arab transitions, but there is little understanding in Washington of what that will mean for governing.

     
  • Event
    Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim El Keib
    Marwan Muasher, Abdel-Rahim El Keib March 9, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim El Keib discussed Libya’s political transition and the future of U.S.-Libya relations.

     
  • Event
    Transition in Libya: The Next Steps
    Azza Kamel Maghur, Fadel Lamen, Marina Ottaway February 2, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    The Libyan transition has entered the difficult phase of creating a new political system, which will be shaped by both formal and informal processes.

     
  • Event
    Awakening Arab Innovation
    Marwan Muasher, Inger Andersen, Rami Khouri January 25, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    As the Arab Awakening continues to unfold, the region’s future will hinge on whether greater political freedoms in countries like Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya can be harnessed to produce innovation, economic growth, and a true knowledge economy.

     
  • Event
    Democracy Promotion Under Obama: Revitalization or Retreat?
    Thomas Carothers, David Kramer, Jeremy Weinstein, James Traub January 12, 2012 Washington, DC

    Despite their initial inclination to lower the profile of U.S. democracy promotion, President Obama has had to confront a series of urgent, visible democracy issues, from political upheaval in multiple Arab countries and unexpected events in Russia to thwarted elections in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond.

     
  • Event
    Former Libyan National Transitional Council Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni
    Marina Ottaway, Ali Tarhouni January 5, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    Former Libyan finance minister Ali Tarhouni discussed the U.S.-Libya relationship and the unique challenge of rebuilding Libya’s oil-rich economy after decades of misrule.

     

Carnegie Experts on Libya

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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  • Oz Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program

    Hassan is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost authorities on democracy promotion and democracy assistance programs and a leading scholar on U.S. foreign policy.

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  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

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  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

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