For Immediate Release: August 22, 2011
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725

(Washington) – Experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) are available for comment and analysis of the rapidly changing conditions in Libya.  Manal Omar, USIP’s director of Iraq, Iran, and North Africa programs, is traveling in Libya and is available for comment.

In addition, USIP will host a public program on transitional justice on Tuesday in the Libyan city of Benghazi.  “Confronting the Truth,” a USIP documentary on transitional justice, will be screened at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, in the main hall of the International Medical University in Benghazi. The film will be open to the general public and followed by a presentation and discussion.

 

Manal Omar, director of Iraq, Iran, & North Africa programs

Skype:  Manal1omar
Email: momar@usip.org
Twitter: @ManalOmar

Omar: "Libyans are celebrating across the country, many saying that the Ramadan holiday of Eid has come early this year.  The greeting on the street is ‘congratulations for liberation day.’

"Key to the future will be for the newly emerged Libyan civil society organizations to work closely with the National Transitional Council to develop a transparent transition process.  The main sense is a euphoria over Tripoli being free, but questions on future nation building developments are already being asked.  A large number of people I met with today are asking about a national reconciliation process in country."

 

Paul Hughes, director of special projects

Email: phughes@usip.org
Phone: 202-429-7167

Hughes:  "Qaddafi will have to relinquish power, but this doesn’t mean he is not a continuing threat. Knowing that he faces arrest under an International Criminal Court warrant, Qaddafi will try to fight on, perhaps in the form of an insurgency, either to retake Libya or to force a bargain guaranteeing his freedom.  For the transitional council, the toughest work is ahead.  The immediate needs of security, water, electricity, and emergency health care should be the priorities for Libya’s new leaders."



Additional Resources

 

###

Related News

Peace Teachers Program Announces 2018 Cohort

Peace Teachers Program Announces 2018 Cohort

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

News Type: Press Release

USIP has chosen Ryan Adams of Chelsea High School in Chelsea, AL; Casandra Bates of Centennial High School in Franklin, TN; JoAnne Bohl of West Central High School in Hartford, SD; and Jennifer O'Boyle of Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, WA, to participate in the 2018 Peace Teachers Program. Over the course of the next school year, they will receive training, resources, and support to strengthen their teaching of international conflict management and peacebuilding.

Education & Training

'Peace Teachers' Program Spreads to Four New States

'Peace Teachers' Program Spreads to Four New States

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

News Type: Press Release

At a time when violent international conflict is spawning humanitarian crises around the world, four high school teachers in Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Florida have been selected to take part in a U.S. Institute of Peace program to help their students gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives they need to work toward a more peaceful world.

Education & Training

Diane Zeleny Named USIP’s Vice President for External Relations

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

News Type: Press Release

(Washington) – The U.S. Institute of Peace has named communications and foreign policy professional Diane Zeleny as its vice president for external relations. Zeleny will lead the institute’s outreach and public communications strategy, and will oversee its public affairs, public education, congressional relations and institutional development efforts.

Tunisian Leader Outlines Anti-Terrorism, Corruption Steps

Tunisian Leader Outlines Anti-Terrorism, Corruption Steps

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

News Type: Press Release

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed outlined the country’s efforts to improve security, reduce extremism, curb corruption and jump-start the economy, in a meeting with a group of current and former top U.S. officials and other experts at the U.S. Institute of Peace on July 11.

View All News