Libya Working Group Summary

Chatham House

This paper is a summary of a roundtable discussion held at Chatham House on 31 January 2012. The event was held under the Chatham House Rule.

Participants analysed the current state of the Libyan transition. 

Key points:

  • The development of democracy in Libya should be a grassroots phenomenon, facilitated by local councils. 
  • The Libyan government’s narrow understanding of security, which currently focuses on limiting violence, should be broadened to include economic security. 
  • The dissipation of power and dispersal of weapons that resulted from the revolution is a positive factor in preventing the monopolisation of both by a single group. 
  • The value of tribes in providing mechanisms for arbitration should be recognised and used for national reconciliation. 

Event details.

Libya Working Group.