Libya, two years after the fall of Gaddafi: What lessons for Africa?


The demise of Gaddafi’s regime in 2011 after a UN-sanctioned NATO-led military intervention constituted the lowest point in the relationship between the African Union (AU) and the UN Security Council (UNSC). Launched under the background of the Responsibility to Protect, the intervention faced staunch opposition from the AU Commission, despite the approval by African UNSC members of the UN Resolution allowing for the no-fly zone over Libya. Today, Libya has hardly recovered a semblance of stability and is ruled by a multitude of militias and armed non-state groups. Moreover, the NATO intervention has shaken up the fragile security landscape of the Sahel-Sahara region.

This seminar will consider the lessons that can be learned from this intervention and its consequences from an African perspective. The latest book by the speaker, Life and Death of Muammar Al-Qadhafi: what lessons for Africa? Yaoundé, Cameroun: Éditions Afric'Eveil 2013, will be launched at the seminar. (The book will be made available for interested parties.)

Speaker: Prof Jean-Emmanuel Pondi, Institute for International Relations, Cameroon

Chair: Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Head, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division, ISS Pretoria

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