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Congressional Testimony

The Conflict in Libya

Ben Fishman

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House Committee on Foreign Affairs

May 15, 2019


To ensure an outcome that benefits U.S. interests in the region, Washington must take a concrete position on Libya that leads to peaceful negotiations rather than armed conflict.

The following is an excerpt from prepared remarks submitted to the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism. To read the full testimony, download the PDF.

Ongoing chaos in Libya has the potential to radiate outward to its neighbors in North Africa and Europe. Conversely, a stable Libya with a functioning government and economy could provide a source of relief to neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, enable counterterrorism cooperation with the United States, and contribute to regional stability in North Africa...