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[Brussels e-briefings] One year after the Benghazi uprising: the tumultuous tale of the Libyan Spring

Published on 07 March 2012
Updated on 05 April 2024

Soon after the Benghazi uprising of 17 February 2011, the UN Security Council approved Resolution 1973 authorising the use of force to protect Libya’s civilian population from the Gaddhafi regime.

The aftermath is well known: thanks to the NATO-led strikes, Libyan revolutionary fighters managed to overthrow the dictatorial regime and take power in Tripoli last August. Gaddhafi himself was executed on 20 October near Syrte.

Richard Werly, our EU/NATO Diplo fellow, is just back from Libya and will help us understand this oil-rich country’s situation and challenges.

Questions / Topics

  • Can Libya get out of its one-year war without plunging into a militia’s war?
  • After 42 years of Gaddhafi’s dictatorship and forced isolation, where are the most promising democratic forces to be found in Libya?
  • Is the country at risk of suffering from the well-known ‘oil curse’?
  • Are the Islamists waiting to take power given that they represent one of the most credible political alternatives?
  • Are there real risks of secession as cities like Benghazi and Misrata consider themselves winners of the Libyan war?
  • What are the differences between Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt, in the midst of the Arab Spring aftermath?

Join us for our online e-briefing, on Tuesday 6th March, at 14GMT. Our regular host is Richard Werly, EU/NATO Diplo fellow.

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