The Role of Civil Society in Libya's Transition
Freedom House, 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 400, Washington DC
One year after the General National Congress elections, and two years after the collapse of the Qadhafi regime, Libya has encountered a number of setbacks in the difficult task of reconstructing a war-torn country and building institutions from the ground up. Assassinations, kidnappings, and car bombs have disrupted any sense of stability, and the country continues to face challenges stemming from its porous borders, weak central government, and the presence of armed groups. The population’s trust and confidence in the government is slowly waning, and, following the assassinations of military officials and a prominent political activist in Benghazi, Libya is plunging into a deeper state of crisis. Despite these myriad challenges, civic activity continues to thrive, with hundreds of civil society organizations and dozens of media outlets helping to lay the foundation for the nation’s emerging democracy. With minimal resources and support, civil society activists are at the forefront of reclaiming Libya's hope and future.
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Aly Abuzaakouk, President of Citizenship Forum for Democracy and Human Development - Benghazi
Rihab Elhaj, President of New Libya Foundation - Tripoli
Joyce Kasee, Program Officer, Center for Conflict Management at the United States Institute of Peace
Charles Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa programs, Freedom House
The Libya Working Group is co-chaired by the Atlantic Council, Freedom House, and the Project on Middle East Democracy. The Libya Working Group is comprised of think tanks, NGOs, multinationals, and business associations who meet to discuss developments in Libya and policy responses.