Libya: A Post-Arab Spring Test for Security Sector Reform

Aug 21, 2016 | Publications

The Centre for Security Governance (CSG) has published a new CSG Paper – “Libya: A Post-Arab Spring Test for Security Sector Reform” by CSG Senior Associate Robert M. Perito. The paper can be found here, in our ongoing peer-edited CSG Paper Series.


Executive Summary

If diplomatic pressure and the terrorist threat force Libya’s political factions to support the UN-backed Government of National Accord, Libya could provide a test bed for security sector reform (SSR) in a post-Arab Spring security environment that includes transnational terrorism and trafficking in drugs, weapons and migrants by international organized crime. This paper provides an overview of the Libyan conflict and current efforts to establish a transitional government. It maps the components of Libya’s security sector: military and police forces, justice institutions, and oversight institutions. It describes the elements of the proposed Government of National Accord and catalogues the tasks that must be performed to achieve SSR in Libya. This paper is based on a chapter by Robert Perito and Jamie Kraut in a new book entitled Prioritizing Security Sector Reform: A New U.S. Approach edited by Dr. Querine Hanlon and Professor Richard H. Schultz, Jr. and published by the United States Institute of Peace Press.