Libya and Challenges for International conflict resolution

Despite high profile efforts to resolve the conflict since 2014, Libya today remains in a state of civil war and state collapse. This seminar explores the underlying dynamics of the ongoing conflict and the reasons for the failure of international efforts to reach a negotiated solution in Libya. The speaker will consider both domestic and international dynamics, as well as the wider implications for the theory and practice of conflict resolution today.

Christopher Thornton is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. Prior to this he worked from 2011-2018 in the field of conflict resolution for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Swiss-based international organisation, primarily in Libya and Tunisia. Chris has extensive field experience in Libya and elsewhere, notably in 2018 he managed the UN-mandated National Conference Process.

A sandwich lunch will be served at 12.45