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Title:Beyond the mayhem: debating key dilemmas in Libya's statebuilding
Author:Jebnoun, NoureddineISNI
Periodical:The Journal of North African Studies (ISSN 1743-9345)
Geographic term:Libya
Subjects:State formation
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2015.1068697
Abstract:The paper argues that the causes of Libya's current chaos are rooted in its having failed to establish a modern state. Yet it points out that the policies developed under Qadhafi should not prevent Libyans from developing and implementing a consensual and inclusive statebuilding approach. This is particularly true if informal actors such as tribal structures and quasi-autonomous actors including armed groups are brought into the political scene through institutional arrangements. The conflicts of post-Qadhafi era are motivated more by the intensified struggle over access and control of the country's resources - including its financial assets and its illicit cross-border trafficking - than the ideological values per se; though this dimension cannot be overlooked as it prompted localised violent conflicts across the country. The battle for legitimacy between the major coalitions - each internally divided by various identities and conflicting interests - should not undermine the potential for a negotiated settlement mediated by the United Nations between Libyan stakeholders. Such settlement has the possibility to reinvent politics by peaceful means, acknowledge the country's socio-political diversity, and preserve its territorial integrity. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]