Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Libya: Armed Politics and Regional Escalation

5 December 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London



The struggle for power in Libya may best be described as ‘armed politics’ rather than a civil war, and mediators - led by the UN representative, Bernardino Leon - have not yet persuaded the contestants that they need a negotiated rather than a military solution. However, a recent Supreme Court decision that the House of Representatives is unconstitutional could have significant repercussions, and the fighting between rival militia blocs reflects dynamics that are more complex than Islamists versus secularists stereotypes. Meanwhile, neither side is able to win large-scale popular support. The toll of rights abuses and economic and financial damage is rising and an increasing number of people have had to leave their homes. Outside powers are being drawn more deeply into the conflict, with agendas that are influenced by the broad currents of post-2011 inter-Arab politics.

This event will examine external involvement with the aim of developing a clear set of recommendations for a policy response by interested members of the international community. 

This meeting is part of our Libya Working Group discussion. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.