Libya’s conflict, which has been raging since 2011, seems to defy resolution while militias and foreign interference not only reduce the state and its sovereignty to nil, but also threaten its very existence as a united country and more importantly risk tearing its social cohesion part. Politically divided, Libya lacks nationally effective legitimate state institutions able to perform in the Weberian sense. Power-sharing arrangement has only confirmed the inability of the Government of National Accord to gain legitimacy and their failure to act in conjunction with armed militias, the real power brokers.
Sawani is Professor of Politics & International Relations, University of Tripoli, Libya. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Author of numerous scholarly publications in Arabic and English.
This lecture will provide a background of the Libyan crisis/conflict, seek to analyse its dynamics and highlight the intrinsic and perennial factors that contribute to it. The main argument of the lecture is that Libya, despite what seems to be the case, is not just a tribal and stateless society and criticize the approaches that see its ailing situation only in such projection that actually reflects orientalism and Western centrism.
Teil der mehrsprachigen Vortragsreihe «10 Jahre sogenannter Arabischer Frühling – eine kritische Betrachtung» von der (Hochschul)Gruppe Kritische Islamwissenschaftler*innen und Arabist*innen (KIARA), unterstützt von der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
Dr. Katja Hermann
Unit Head, West Asia; Senior Advisor for Palestine and Israel, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Phone: +49 30 44310485