The Slow Pace of Reform Clouds the Libyan Succession

Bruce St John, Ronald (2010) The Slow Pace of Reform Clouds the Libyan Succession. Elcano Newsletter (65). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

In the uncertain and shifting dynamics of Libyan politics, effective power today rests in the hands of the Leader and a few trusted advisors in a system firmly grounded in family ties and tribal loyalties and buttressed by the military and various security organisations. Over the last decade, Libya has undergone a remarkable international transformation, re-establishing commercial and diplomatic relations with the world’s leading powers. Domestically, Libya has also attempted to move in new directions; unfortunately, internal reforms have not been as speedy or as far-reaching as Libya’s international make-over. Several factors have contributed to the sporadic and incomplete reforms implemented to date. However, the most significant one remains the gulf that exists between the myths, ideas and beliefs of the One September Revolution and the social, economic and political realities they profess to explain. Conservative and progressive forces in Libya continue to struggle over the direction and pace of internal reform, a fight whose outcome will likely influence, if not determine, the eventual successor to Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediterráneo y Mundo Árabe
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > LIBYA
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC REFORM
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > SOCIAL POLICY > REFORMA SOCIAL
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL PROBLEMS
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > POLITICAL STABILITY
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 13:42
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1936

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