*** Event cancelled *** Come and join us for an event on the situation in Libya on 23 March in Brussels. This debate is part of EIP's newly launched 'conflict and journalism' event series.

*** Due to the situation in Brussels this event has been cancelled. A new date will be announced shortly.***


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time: 18:30-20:00 - Speakers: Rebecca Murray (Libya correspondent), Anas El Gomati (Sadeq Institute) & Martin Griffiths (EIP) - Location: TBC

The south of Libya is one of the most remote and unexplored regions with little coverage from international news outlets. Yet, it remains one of the most crucial areas for Libya’s overall security and stability. The southern porous borders have allowed for increased levels of transborder criminal activities, human trafficking and illicit smuggling. A peaceful solution to the conflict is not in sight. Despite progress at the national level, peacemaking initiatives in the south of Libya have so far only offered short term solutions.

Join us for a debate on 23 March to learn more about the conflict in the South of Libya, why it matters to Europe and how journalists operate in this war-torn country. We will explore the role of tribes, how to deal with shifting military alliances, and how further escalation in the region can be prevented.


If you would like to attend please send an email to info@eip.org. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Rebecca Murray is a freelance journalist currently based in Libya, which she has frequently covered since the 2011 revolution. She has previously lived and reported from Lebanon, Yemen, Afghanistan and Liberia, as well as filed from Syria, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. You can find Rebecca's work on VICE News (see for example here or the video documentary above), McClatchy, Al Jazeera English, Middle East Eye and Inter Press Service. She is a contributing author to The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath, published by Hurst/Oxford University Press in 2015. Twitter: @Beccamurr

Anas El Gomati is the Founder and General Director of the Sadeq Institute. He has worked at the sustainability department at IOC and served as an advisor and publisher on Libyan affairs for several European think tanks. Among his publications is “Freedom or Survival?” regarding non-violent solutions to the recent Libyan conflict.

Martin Griffiths is a senior international mediator and the first Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace (EIP). From 1999 to 2010 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva (HD Centre) where he specialised in developing political dialogue between governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. Between 2012 and 2014 he served as the Deputy Head of the UN Supervisory Mission in Syria (UNSMIS). Martin also worked in the British Diplomatic Service and for various international humanitarian organisations including UNICEF, Save the Children and Action Aid. In 1994 he became the Director of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva and served as Deputy to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator in New York. He has also served as UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Great Lakes and UN Regional Coordinator in the Balkans with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary-General.