Libya is on the brink of a civil war. Clashes between the Government of National Accord and its eastern opponents are tearing apart one of Europe’s crucial partners in the South. While a fragmented and unstable Libya poses a serious security threat to the EU, European leaders have not been able to come forward with a consolidated response. Similarly, following the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, a stable Libya remains a top priority for NATO’s regional strategy.
Carnegie Europe hosted a public event to assess how developments in Libya could impact the EU and NATO. Benedetta Berti from NATO, Libyan ambassador Nureddin Mazen, and Colin Scicluna from the European External Action Service discussed the regional implications of the Libyan conflict with Carnegie Europe visiting researcher Stefano Marcuzzi. Teri Schultz, a freeland journalist covering the EU and NATO, moderated.
A sandwich lunch followed.
Nureddin Mazen is the Libyan ambassador in Brussels.
Lorenzo Kluzer is the head of the Libya Desk at the European External Action Service.