Tarek Megerisi

Interviewed by Thomas M. Hill

Abdoulaye Bathily, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative for Libya, recently announced his new plan for elections in Libya, which he hopes will take place later this year. But the plan itself was light on implementation, and after similar plans collapsed in 2021, the U.N. will need to learn from past shortcomings to ensure there is not only a solid basis for elections, but a strong foundation for what comes after as well.

USIP’s Thomas Hill spoke with Tarek Megerisi, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, about the path toward successful elections in Libya. Their conversation looks at how to safeguard major decisions — such as election monitoring, security and who can run for office — from corruption and delves into why the current international cohesion around Libya makes this one of the best, and possibly the last, chances for establishing stable democracy in the country.


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