Libya: Can the UN-Led Process Succeed?
Abdul Rahman AlAgeli, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Alison Pargeter, North Africa & Middle East Expert
Chair: Sami Zaptia, Co-Founder, Libya Herald
The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which concluded in December 2015, sought to create a unity government to bring an end to Libya’s governance crisis. However, the LPA has not been recognized by the House of Representatives while others, most notably General Khalifa Hafter, commander of the Libyan National Army, also have political aspirations.
In seeking to break the impasse, the new UN special envoy, Ghassan Salamé, has laid out an ambitious plan to renegotiate the LPA and create an interim government before holding elections. But what chance does this plan have of succeeding? Speakers will provide their perspectives on Libya’s shifting political landscape, assessing Salamé’s proposals and the major developments likely to take place in 2018.