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Libya: A Year of Revolution and State-Building


Libya: A Year of Revolution and State-Building

Series: Middle East Initiative Speaker Series
Open to the Public - Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building-5th Floor
February 25, 2013
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative


A conversation with Dirk Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, and author, "A History of Modern Libya."

Professor Dirk Vandewalle has spent nearly 25 years studying Libya and the regime of the late Muammar Gaddafi, whose dictatorship spanned 42 years. Vandewalle is the associate professor of government and adjunct associate professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.  

Vandewalle served during the summer of 2011 as a political advisor to Ian Martin, the U.N. special envoy for the United National Special Mission in Libya. He has also been performing work in Libya that has been supported by a special grant from the New York-based Social Science Research Council.

In addition to his ongoing role as a Libya advisor, Vandewalle is also working on a political biography of Gaddafi that will be published in 2013 by Oxford University Press and Hurst Publishers. The second edition of his book, A History of Modern Libya, was published in March 2012 by Cambridge University Press. This new edition covers the Benghazi uprising of February 2011 and its aftermath, including the October 2011 death of Gaddafi.

This event will be moderated by Professor Meghan O'Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

Note: Professor Vandewalle's October 29, 2012 lecture at MEI was cancelled due to inclement weather.  This event on February 25, 2013 is the rescheduled lecture.


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Related Publications

October 15, 2012

"Khadafy Son Should Be Tried by Libya"

The Boston Globe

By Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School

"The ICC represents the proposition that newly free nations should punish their abusive former leaders through court, rather than summary execution. It suggests that a legal reckoning with the past can help countries break free of horrible legacies. Instead of challenging Libya's efforts to do just that, the ICC could have assisted in its investigation and provided the technical advice necessary to help Libya become a nation under rule of law."



(AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

September 12, 2012

"In Egypt and Libya, Radicals are Jockeying for Power"

The Washington Post

By David Ignatius, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project

"What’s happening in Cairo and Benghazi appears to be a case of political opportunism... by Salafist Islamic extremists who are unhappy with the success that more moderate Islamist and secularist parties in Egypt and Libya have had in building political support," writes David Ignatius.



Spring 2011

"JACQUELINE (JILL) HAZELTON: Does Counterinsurgency as State-building Work?"

Belfer Center Newsletter

By Maria Costigan and Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2009–2011

For her dissertation, Jacqueline (Jill) Hazelton, a research fellow with the Belfer Center’s International Security Program, compares two models of counterinsurgency (COIN).