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Local Governance as an Essential Tool for State Building in Libya

December 8, 2022 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please join the North Africa Initiative of the JHU SAIS Foreign Policy Institute for a roundtable discussion moderated by the Former UN Senior Advisor on Libya Stephanie Williams on “Local Governance as an Essential Tool for State Building in Libya”.

What could the real devolution of power from the center to the so-called periphery look like in Libya, a rentier state which has experienced a mostly failed approach towards administrative decentralization since the 2011 uprising? Can a ground-up approach which empowers citizens and their elected representatives at the provincial and municipal level help address the absence of state and institution building in Libya? Can this community level effort help to tackle the proliferation and consolidation of armed groups in the country? We will discuss these and other topics in an open discussion which will also welcome questions from the public.

Location: Room 806, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW