‘Libya: An Unfinished Revolution’

Mary Fitzgerald

Libya’s Government is struggling to maintain order and rebuild state institutions amid rising violence since the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi in October 2011.

Continued political fracture and rising militancy have resulted in state failure. The growing power of ISIS is raising fears in the west that Libya’s proximity to Europe makes the continent a tempting target for militant fighters based in the North African country. In Geneva, UN special envoy Bernardino Leon is warning that the window to agree a peace deal is closing.

This instability has failed to bring about the hope that people fought for in the Libyan uprisings back in 2011. Against this backdrop, the revolution that was started by citizens who dreamt of a brighter future remains unfinished. Leading Talks have joined forces with Kite Group to present a debate that will provide unique insights on what’s happening in Libya and in Geneva. Straight from Libya, analyst and journalist Mary Fitzgerald, gave a keynote speech on the situation 355km away from Malta. Fresh from the Geneva peace talks, Ambassador Jones explored the political situation and prospects for peace and stability.

‘Libya: an unfinished revolution’ debate was held on 26th Feb at 9h30 at the Aula Magna, Old University Building, Valletta.

Programme:

Panel Debate
Ms Mary Fitzgerald, Multimedia Journalist and Analyst based in Libya
H.E. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta
H.E. Deborah K. Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Libya

Moderated by Dr Joseph Cassar

Guest Speakers
Dr Lawrence Gonzi, Former Prime Minister of Malta
Ms Mary Fitzgerald, Keynote Speaker
Hon Roberta Metsola, Shadow Minister, EU & Foreign Affairs
Hon Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 & EU Funds

The event was brought to you in collaboration with Kite Group with the support of Fimbank, VAOS, University of Malta, MEDAC and The Malta Independent.

Press Links:

Gonzi urges Libyans in Malta to aid unity effort
Tripoli… the abnormal-normal situation – interview with analyst Mary Fitzgerald
Libyan crisis: ‘No easy answers, no simple solutions’ – former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi
An unfinished revolution: insight into post-Gaddafi Libya

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