Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Lessons from Libya and Implications for the UK's Defence Engagement Strategy

21 July 2015 - 12:00 to 13:30

Chatham House, London


James Chandler, British Army Visiting Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House
Chair: James de Waal, Senior Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House



With reduced political and public appetite for sending British ground forces to fight abroad, overseas security sector capacity-building is now emerging as one of the British Army’s principal roles. Chatham House’s inaugural army visiting fellow will argue that much of the capacity-building work has not had its intended impact, using the British Army’s recent engagement with Libya’s post-Gaddafi armed forces as a case study. Participants will be invited to comment on how the lessons from the Libyan experience could be used to reshape the UK’s defence engagement work, and make future efforts more effective.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.