Ten Years On, Libya’s Uprising Revisited

Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) hosted an online briefing on Libya: Ten Years On, Libya’s Uprising Revisited on Tuesday 9 March, with speakers Mary Fitzgerald, Hala Bugaighis and Emadeddin Badi.

The speakers reviewed the ten years since the uprising in Libya and assessed what are the prospects of for the country with the recent formation of the interim unity government in Libya and the scheduled elections later this year.

The event was chaired by Peter Millett, the UK’s former ambassador to Libya between July 2015 and January 2018.

 About the Speakers:

Mary Fitzgerald is a researcher specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. She has reported on and researched Libya since February 2011 and lived there in 2014. An Associate Fellow at ICSR, King’s College London, she has conducted research on Libya for International Crisis Group (ICG), the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) among others. Previously a journalist, her reporting on Libya has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, and the Guardian. She is a contributing author to an edited volume on the Libyan revolution and its aftermath published by Hurst/Oxford University Press.

Hala Bugaighis is a researcher and business law expert. In 2015, Hala co-founded Jusoor Centre for Studies and Development, the first Libyan think tank that focuses on economic development with special focus on women’s issues. Hala also worked as a mentor and champion for UN Women’s Empower Women Global Program, she recently founded LEAP the first women business incubator. Hala is a frequent speaker in local and international conferences on issues related to economic development, gender and youth empowerment. She also serves as an advisor for many local and international organisations and operates all these activities from Tripoli, Libya.

Emadeddin Badi is a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East Program at the Atlantic Council, where he focuses primarily on U.S and European policies towards Libya and the wider geopolitical implications of the conflict. Previously, he was a nonresident scholar at the Counterterrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute. Badi is an independent consultant who has worked with multiple development and international organizations with a focus on Libya. From 2015 to 2018, he gained hands-on experience programming the conflict-sensitive implementation of a flagship stabilization initiative implemented across Libya for UNDP. He also provides geopolitical risk analysis to private sector stakeholders on political risk and economic and development issues in Libya. Badi has also worked on multiple research and policy-oriented projects with various institutions, with an extensive focus on Libya’s non-state actors. Most recently, he co-authored a paper on the “Development of Libya’s Armed Groups Since 2014 – Community Dynamics and Economic Interests” with the Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chatham House. He is also currently affiliated with the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he focuses on EU policy towards Libya. Badi is a frequent commentator on Libyan development and his articles and analysis have been published on Chatham House, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, the World Politics Review, War on the Rocks, and many others.

About the Chair:

Peter Millett was the British Ambassador to Libya from July 2015 until January 2018. He has served in a number of positions in the British Diplomatic Service since joining in 1974: British Ambassador to Jordan (2011 to 2015), High Commissioner to Cyprus (2005 to 2010), Director of Security in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2002 to 2005), Deputy Head of Mission in Athens (1997 to 2001), Head of Personnel Policy in the FCO (1993 to 1996), First Secretary (Energy) in the UK Representative Office to the European Union in Brussels (1989 to 1993) and Second Secretary (Political) in Doha (1981 to 1985).


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