is a Libyan academic, freelance journalist and risk analyst who is currently collaborating with IHS Global Insight London and PIR Moscow. He graduated from the Maastricht School of Management and subsequently spent several years working in its outreach MBA programmes. He returned...
Libya's absent national dialogue
Mustafa Fetouri, 13 February 2015
Dealing with the consequences of a violent upheaval such as the civil war in Libya in 2011 is problematic in a context of political instability such as the one that pertains in the country currently. Libyans need to reach a consensus on how to proceed through a process of inclusive national dialogue to achieve national reconciliation. However, the country’s politicians do not understand Libya’s reality and assume that all Libyans supported the “revolution”, which is not the case. Furthermore, the General National Congress has passed several measures that undermine reconciliation. The government has not supported reconciliation initiatives, while the country’s inexperienced civil society does not have the capacity to implement successful dialogue initiatives. This report concludes by laying out the conditions needed for successful dialogue, discussing the role of the international community in this regard, and listing the goals and objectives of a national dialogue.