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Briefing on the Situation in Libya with Mr. Anas El Gomati

Mr. Anas El Gomati discusses the resurgence of violence in Libya, catalyzed by Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, and its implications on both the local population and on the international stage.

Date & Time

Monday
Feb. 3, 2020
1:30pm – 3:00pm ET

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Briefing on the Situation in Libya with Mr. Anas El Gomati

The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and Middle East Program welcomed Mr. Anas El Gomati, the Founder and Director General of the Sadeq Institute in Libya, back to the Wilson Center on Monday, February 3, 2020 for a discussion. Mr. Michael Morrow, a Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Wilson Center, offered welcome remarks and moderated the conversation. This meeting followed on last year’s discussion of the competing narratives of Libya’s civil war, and the prospect for conflict resolution, especially in response to General Haftar’s 2019 offensive.

Mr. El Gomati spoke about the resurgence of violence in Libya, catalyzed by Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, and its implications on both the local population and on the international stage. He examined the principal barriers to brokering peace, including persistent breaches of the arms embargo, failure to sanction violators, and the inability to agree to a ceasefire and withdrawal strategy. The meeting included representatives from the government, policy institutes, NGOs, and academic sectors with an interest in Libya. Participants expressed concern regarding the competing agendas of external actors, as well as the spillover effects that threaten neighboring populations. The participants then discussed potential avenues for constructive engagement in the region, highlighting unilateral action and reconciliation processes. The event proved a timely opportunity for analyzing Libya’s current situation and the potential for establishing peace in the future.

This event was held under the Chatham House rule.

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Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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