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In Libya, U.N. Finds New Model for Postconflict Engagement

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The recent national elections in Libya have drawn attention to the country’s postconflict transition. But overshadowed by the international community’s ongoing failure to contain the crisis in Syria, the positive international role in Libya has gone largely overlooked.

The success of Libya’s elections for a National Congress is in part due to the deep engagement of the international community, led by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Bucking the trend of many recent postwar interventions, however, this assistance has not come in the form of a large-scale operation. As such, it may present a new model for postconflict settings, at a time when old models -- as in Afghanistan and Haiti -- are coming under increasing strain. ...

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