State-Building in Libya. Integrating Diversities, Traditions and Citizenship

Can Libya be a state under rule of law? Which conditions are needed to make it possible? What role can traditional family ties, relations between clans and the army as well as new generations have in the process of state-building?

Set in a scenario that raises serious doubts about the potential unification of a vast territory characterized by distance, deserts and unequal distribution of resources – as well as being complicated by tribal divisions in the political arena and in social relations – this book explores the obstacles to a real state building process and the developments that could lead to positive outcomes.

This volume collects a selection of proceedings from the ‘State Building in Libya’ conference, written by Massimo Campanini, Irene Costantini, Federico Cresti, Moncef Djaziri, Courtney Erwin, Thomas Hüsken, Georg Klute, Wolfgang Kraus, Arturo Varvelli, with an afterword by Roberto Toscano.

Editor: Arturo Varvelli

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Table of Contents

Arturo Varvelli 

Part I – The birth of Libya as a Nation

I. The post-Almohadian Man and the Construction of Modern Libya – Massimo Campanini

II. Colonialism and the Modern State in Libya: a Difficult Legacy – Federico Cresti

Part II – Localisms, Tribes and Sub-National Identities

III. What is a Middle Eastern Tribe? – Wolfgang Kraus

IV. Heterachy, Connectivity and Locality Emerging Forms of Political Organization from Libya to Northern Mali – Thomas Hüsken and Georg Klute

Part III – Understanding the Libyan Crisis: Dynamics and Prospects

V. Libya: the Deadlock in Reaching a Political Agreement and the Problems Posed by the Democratic Transition – Moncef Djaziri 

VI. Libyan political and security scenario after the Fall of IS – Arturo Varvelli

VII. After regime change, what? The missed opportunity of state building in Libya – Irene Costantini

Libya: Italy’s DilemmasRoberto Toscano

State-Building in Libya: Reflections of an Outsider – Courtney Erwin




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