20 January | Lecture Prof. Dirk Vandewalle: 'Libya Since the 2011 Revolution: Troubles, Causes, and Future'

Three years after its 2011 revolution, Libya has reached the nadir of its political fortunes: the country is torn between two competing governments, each with its own set of militias and supporters that are increasingly targeting whatever national institutions have managed to survive. Chances for a National Dialogue, or for UN mediation between the two sides, have seemingly disappeared for now. This lecture aimed to answer two fundamental questions about contemporary Libya. How did Libya, from what seemed an initial possibility of rebuilding the state in the wake of the destruction wreaked upon it by the Gaddafi government, become increasingly fragile? Furthermore, in light of its historical faults and fractures, how much hope is left for maintaining a unified Libya?

Prof. Vandewalle lectured for ca. 45 minutes, followed by Q&A and discussion with Prof. Jan Michiel Otto (moderator) and Dr Suliman Ibrahim (VVI).


Prof. Dirk Vandewalle

Professor Dirk Vandewalle is the author of ‘A History of Modern Libya’ (2013) and he is one of world’s leading experts on Libya. He teaches history at Dartmouth College (USA) and has been adviser to UN Support Mission in Libya after Gaddafi’s fall.

Organised by

This lecture was organised by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development (VVI) and Leiden University Center for the study of Islam and Society (LUCIS)

Practical information

Time: Tuesday 20 January 17.00 – 18.30 hrs.
Venue: Room A051 (Grotius hall), Leiden Law School, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden

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