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Libya: A State in Search of Itself – A Panel Discussion


Institute For Middle East Studies

Despite successful parliamentary elections in July 2012, Libya faces numerous obstacles to state development. Rife with internal divisions and regional tensions, Libya struggles to achieve national cohesion and advance the political process. Moreover, the country’s fractious and divisive political environment inhibits institution building and complicates efforts to restore internal security. In light of Libya’s institutional and security challenges, the panelists will discuss current developments and prospects for Libya’s political future.


  • Dr. Mary-Jane Deeb , Chief of African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress

  • Dr. Karim Mezra , Senior Fellow, Rafiq Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council