While most discussions about the Libyan crisis revolve around geopolitics and international interference, internal divisions within Libya’s civil society and political institutions have also played a fundamental role in destabilizing the country since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011.

Governance in Libya is fragmented with very few truly national actors. It also continues to lack political institutions that are seen by all Libyans as legitimate.

The ongoing conflict consists of many contending local and tribal players, including spoilers who have demonstrated opposition to either peace or reconciliation except on the basis of total victory by their group.

What are the major obstacles to stabilization?

How can Libya approach the establishment of political institutions?

In what ways can the international community support a Libyan-led peace process?

The Middle East Institute, the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Policy Center for the New South are pleased to jointly host a group of experts to discuss these questions and more in a closed roundtable format.



Youness Abouyoub, Director, Governance and State-Building Division for the MENA Region, United Nations; former senior political advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Libya.

Emadeddin Badi, Nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council.

Virginie Collombier, Research fellow, European University Institute.

Mohamed Dorda, Co-Founder, Libya Desk.

Mohamed Eljarh, Co-Founder, Libya Outlook for Research and Consulting.

Mary Fitzgerald, Independent researcher.

Amanda Kadlec, Founder and director, Evolve Governance.

Karim Mezran, Resident senior fellow, Atlantic Council.

Jason Pack, Nonresident scholar, Middle East Institute; founder, Libya-Analysis LLC.

Jonathan Winer, Nonresident scholar, Middle East Institute; former United States Special Envoy for Libya.

Len Ishmael, moderator, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South.


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