The death of Muammar Qadhafi in 2011 freed Libya from forty-two years of despotic rule, raising hopes for a new era. But in the aftermath of the uprising, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. What went wrong? Based on years of field reporting in Libya, Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey discussed his new book, The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, which tells the stories of Libyan lives upended by the turmoil, sheds new light on the country’s afflictions, and provides valuable lessons for the future. Longtime Libyan activist and medical doctor Laila Bugaighis served as a discussant and journalist Robert F. Worth moderated.

Frederic Wehrey 

Frederic Wehrey is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Laila Bugaighis

Laila Bugaighis is the former deputy director general and CEO of the Benghazi Medical Center. 

Robert F. Worth

Robert F. Worth is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS.