This workshop report is a summary of a roundtable discussion on Libya's Future: Towards Transition held at Chatham House on 12 May 2011. The event was held under the Chatham House Rule.
Key findings that emerged were:
- The NATO-led operation in Libya is perceived as lacking clear military aims
- The rebels would like to see the coalition step up its operation, but the question of 'boots on the ground' is divisive. However it is unclear whether the current air operation will be sufficient to tip the balance in favour of the rebels and avoid a stalemate
- Prospects for a negotiated ceasefire are as yet distant, although a ceasefire (negotiated or imposed) is likely to do the most to improve the humanitarian situation
- Humanitarian actors are concerned that there is an attempt to combine humanitarian and political/military objectives, which could hinder the delivery of aid.