Reform in Libya: Chimera or Reality?

This paper lays out the current reform debates being played out within Libya. It examines the competing currents within the regime, as well as the inherent constraints to change that are present within Libya's Jamahiriyah system. It analyzes and explores changes both implemented so far and expected in the future, and assesses whether these are genuine attempts at reform or simply window dressing aimed at regime survival. The paper also examines the significance of the reform debate for the country’s political and economic future, and assesses the extent to which this debate will have an impact on the wider region and on Libya's foreign relations.

Washington, German Marshall Fund of the United States, October 2010, 21 p.
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Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. The Emergence of a Reformist Discourse
3. Modernizing the Economy
4. Political Reform
5. Obstacles to Reform
6. Conclusion

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