Libya: Continuities and Discontinuities of Political Order After 2011

 Episode 121


Continuities and Discontinuities of Political Order After 2011

To what extent is the political instability witnessed in Libya since 2011 an inheritance of the ousted regime of Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi, which ruled the country for over four decades? In his new article in Middle East Law and Governance, "Of Conflict and Collapse: Rethinking State Formation in Post-Gaddafi Libya," Emadeddin Badi of the Atlantic Council and Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime discusses these connections.  Using this article as the basis of their conversation, Professor Jacob Mundy of Colgate University and Badi attempt to contextualize much of what is seen coming out of Libya today in terms of historical forces present within the Libyan polity and the powerful contingencies that have produced significant ruptures within the socio-economic orders that long governed day-to-day realities in Libya under its unique blend of an increasingly centralized security states and a post-populist corporatist regime from 1969 to 2011. Above all, Badi focuses our attention on the external shock of repeated outside interventions that have generated new dynamics within Libya, occasioning new political forms and horizons while ossifying and reinforcing others.

Emadeddin Badi is a Libyan researcher and consultant that specializes in governance, post-conflict stabilization, hybrid security and peacebuilding. He currently works as Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and as Advisor for Libya at the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF). He is also Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Middle East Program at the Atlantic Council, where he focuses primarily on U.S. and European policies towards Libya. Previously, he was a Non-resident Scholar at the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute and a Policy Fellow at the European University Institute. Badi holds a Bachelors degree in Business and Economics from the University of Essex, a bachelors in French language from the University of Tripoli in Libya, as well as a Masters degree in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Jacob Mundy, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University, conducted this interview on March 11, 2021. This podcast is part of the "Supporting Critical Research and Strengthening Scholarly Capacity in Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia" project organized by the Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) and the Centre d'Études Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA), and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Prof. Mundy heads the contemporary Libya studies research unit, of which Badi is a member.

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Suggested Readings


Badi, Emadeddin. 2021. "Histoire d'une mobilisation: Dynamiques de mobilisation locales et influences internationales au sein de trois communautés libyennes." Hérodote.

______. 2021. "Of Conflict and Collapse: Rethinking State Formation in Post-Gaddafi Libya." Middle East Law and Governance. 13(1): 22-48.

______. 2020. "Exploring Armed Groups in Libya - Perspectives on Security Sector Reform in a Hybrid Environment." DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance.

 ______. 2020. "Devolution of Informality: Legacies of State Engineered Hybridity in Libya." Brown Journal of World Affairs. 27(1): 213-226.

______. 2020. "Russia Isn't the Only One Getting Its Hands Dirty in Libya." Foreign Policy (April 21).

Badi, Emadeddin and Mary Fitzgerald. 2020. "The Limits of Reconciliation. Assessing the Revisions of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)." Institute for Integrated Transitions (September 24).