Libya In Crisis: Conflict, Politics & Health

30 October '18 at 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm

The toppling of Gaddafi in 2011, following his 42-year rule, lead to a power vacuum and instability in Libya. With no authority in full control of the country, terrorist groups and armed militias began exploiting the situation. The persistence of violence continues to have a negative impact on the healthcare system in Libya, with hospitals and medical facilities being caught in the crossfire – further undermining Libya’s already fragile and under-resourced health system.

What is the current political situation in Libya? What work has the UN done, and how has international policy impacted the development of the country? How has the healthcare system been affected? What ideas are there for post-conflict reconstruction and stabilisation of the country?

Come along to hear our expert speakers discuss the answers to these questions (followed by Q&A).


Tarek Megerisi, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, is a researcher and political analyst specialising in Libya and the Arab world. With experience working with the public sector, international NGOs and development agencies; he is an expert in Libyan affairs. Megerisi advises on policy to a range of international missions to Libya, commentating on Libyan developments for publications, and co-authoring policy briefs.

Dr Nagi Barakat, consultant paediatrician at top London hospitals,, was Libya’s health minister during the 2011 Libyan uprising where he helped with the running of health services for the transitional government at the time. His involvement in several healthcare projects before and after the uprising have given him invaluable experience and insight into the Libyan healthcare system, and he frequently contributes to journals on this subject. He is currently a health advisory consultant in Libya as part of the Libyan British Business Council.



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