No. 100: New Libya: Political Transition and the Role of the West
Author(s): Roland Popp, Daniel Möckli
Editor(s): Daniel Möckli
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2011
The dissolution of the Gaddafi regime marks zero hour for a new Libya. There is a real danger that in the absence of the former leader's authoritarian grip, the country will experience a high level of instability. However, the actions of the Transitional Council so far, as well as Libya's basic socio-economic parameters, give reason to hope for a successful transition. This would also require that the Western actors reconceptualise their role in Libya. While their intervention has been decisive in shaping the outcome of the civil war, they should limit themselves to supporting Libyan initiatives when it comes to reconstruction.