The workshop is structured into two thematic sessions dedicated to each of the main topics. The first takes the case study of smuggling routes in Libya’s southern, central and coastal regions to analyse how regional specificities dictate the need for tailored strategies for controlling migration that address the challenges of each region. The second takes the case study of the city of Derna, addressing local dynamics including the presence and actions of radical actors to analyse the likely impact of military operations targeting the city and the prospects for stabilisation and reconciliation at the city and country levels. The sessions build on the following two policy briefs authored by analysts from the field:
Local Specificities of Migration in Libya: Challenges and Solutions by Abdulrahman al-Arabi (Policy Brief 2018/04)
The Crisis in Derna: Reconciliation Opportunities in the Midst of War? by Al-Zubayr Salem (Policy Brief 2017/34)
The workshop will provide a platform for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders with an interest in Libya to actively discuss local dynamics with Libyan analysts working in the field, taking the policy briefs as a starting point. The analysts have been collaborating with MEDirections’ Libya initiative through its programme to mentor junior Libyan analysts, which aims to incorporate perspectives and interactions from the field, policymaking and academia.