Despite the ejection of the Islamic State from the Libyan city of Sirte in 2016, the terror group remains a threat in Libya, along with other extremist groups in the country. Libya’s fragmented political arena and increasing escalation among rivals on the ground further contribute to growing instability in the country. Examining the origins of the Islamic State and other jihadist actors in Libya presents insights into the formation of these groups, how they interfere in post-conflict state building, the threats they pose, and the complexities that arise after they no longer hold territory but continue to perpetrate attacks. Libya holds an important position in the global jihadist network. Indeed, the British-Libyan perpetrator of the May 2017 attack in Manchester emerged out of that network, as did the June 3 London Bridge attacker.
The Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council will convene a discussion on its new report, The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya. The report examines the jihadist dynamics in Libya and offers recommendations to address this threat. The discussion will feature the report’s co-authors Jason Pack, Rhiannon Smith, and Karim Mezran, and the RAND Corporation's Christopher Chivvis.
Date: June 20, 2017
When: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Where: Atlantic Council, 12th floor