From Qadhafi to Chaos: Libya’s Centrality in Western Geostrategy and the Fight Against Jihadism
With Jason Pack
January 4, 2018
The Grand View | Lionshead
The Trump Administration has largely ignored the protracted conflict in Libya, attempting to outsource its resolution to our European allies. However, the fallout from the multiyear civil war— which ignited three years after the fall of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi — has major implications on Western geostrategic interests throughout the Mediterranean basin. Libya is an area of commercial, military and diplomatic competition; oil firms, militias, jihadists and the major Gulf and European powers all have their proxies in the country.
Join the Vail Symposium as Jason Pack, executive director of the U.S.- Libya Business Association, discusses the inception of the current crisis, Libya’s militias, the Islamic State’s presence, the migrant crisis and what US policy towards these interlocking issues should be.
Pack has worked to promote US-Libyan commercial, academic, and governmental ties. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, he is also the founder of EyeonISISinLibya.com and coauthor of “The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya.” He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek and has briefed the British Ministry of Defense, the US State Department, NATO, the United Nations and most European governments.
This program is generously underwritten by Mary Pat and Keith Rapp.