While there will be grand pronouncements and formal sessions at the gathering of world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, it will be the side events where the real work is done, according to Bruce Jones, an expert on international relations.
The recent national elections have refocused international attention on Libya. In this new op-ed, Emily O'Brien draws attention to the deep engagement of the international community in rebuilding Libya, a role that has gone largely overlooked.
Read the full World Politics Review article here by Emily O'Brien
The International Role in Libya's Transition tracks international efforts to assist the peacebuilding process in Libya, from August 2011 when the Libyan war entered its final stages to the year-long renewal of the mandate for the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in March 2012, drawing attention to the deep level of international engagement there.
The Libyan and Syrian crises have caused major international rifts over the use of force and crisis management. In February CIC convened a conference with the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and the Brookings Institution to address how the U.S., its allies and emerging powers can rebuild trust around crisis diplomacy. The event involved scholars and officials from the U.S., Europe, China, India and Brazil.
In The Libyan War: A Diplomatic History, Emily O'Brien and Andrew Sinclair track multilateral efforts to manage the crisis from the first international responses to the uprising in Libya in February to the eve of the rebel assault on Tripoli in the second half of August. The report summarizes diplomatic negotiations across international and regional organizations ranging from the United Nations, NATO and the European Union to the African Union, League of Arab States and Organization of the Islamic Conference.