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Ian Martin in conversation with Mats Berdal

The international intervention after the 2011 Libyan uprising against Muammar Gaddafi was initially considered a remarkable success: the UN Security Council’s first application of the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine; an impending civilian massacre prevented; and an opportunity for democratic forces to lead Libya out of a forty-year dictatorship. But such optimism was soon dashed. The UN’s former representative on the ground in Libya, Ian Martin, offers his verdict on how the NATO mission unfolded, then unravelled. Could it have been otherwise?


About the Speaker

Ian Martin has led UN human rights and peace operations in countries including Rwanda, Timor-Leste, Nepal and Libya. A former Amnesty International secretary-general, in 2011–12 he was Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s post-conflict planning adviser, then UN support mission head, for Libya. Ian Martin is a Senior Research Fellow in the CSDRG.

The event will be chaired by Mats Berdal, Professor of Security and Development in War Studies and Director of the CSDRG. 

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Mats  Berdal

Professor of Security & Development

Event details

Dockrill Room, Department of War Studies, K6.07, 6th Floor
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS