Libya: All change for no change

Libya is an international player again. The trial of two men accused of involvement in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 and the suspension of UN sanctions have ended its isolation. But will its changing international role bring domestic reform?

The World Today Published 1 August 2000 Updated 28 October 2020 6 minute READ

Alison Pargeter

Research Fellow, Mediterranean Security Programme, Centre for Defence Studies, King's College London

Like many North African states, Libya is facing a series of complex political, economic and social challenges. The situation is further complicated by its unique political system, almost total dependence on oil, and problematic relationship with the international community. Despite the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s public acknowledgement of the need to tackle his country’s socio-economic problems, his ability to really solve these issues is always restricted by his overriding concern for regime security.

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