Lessons of Libya


Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. EST
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Reception to follow the event | This event will be live streamed

The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, East Room
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036


Following the 2011 toppling of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s six million inhabitants saw their security and well-being drastically deteriorate. Multiple warring factions have fragmented the country, crippling Libya’s economy, and leading more than 400,000 Libyans to flee their homes.
At the same time, questions persist as to whether this intervention has made the United States or the rest of the world safer. In the wake of the intervention, the inability of the Libyan government to control its territory has presented an opportunity for the movement of weapons across international borders, while creating a potential cauldron for terrorist groups and criminal organizations. While well-intentioned, U.S. efforts in Libya cost $1.1 billion, damaged American non-proliferation efforts, and resulted in numerous unforeseen consequences. In light of this result, it is important to evaluate whether the intervention achieved its objectives, what the consequences were for the U.S.’s broader foreign policy goals, and what can be learned from this experience as U.S. policymakers craft a blueprint for foreign policy in the 21st Century.
Join the Charles Koch Institute’s William Ruger, scholar and expert Alan Kuperman, and other leading voices in foreign policy for a spirited discussion on Libya, interventionism, and the future of U.S. foreign policy.

About BruceMajors

freelance writer at Daily Caller, The Hill, reason, Breitbart
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