The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, met in Berlin with Members of the German Bundestag, representatives from government agencies and Berlin-based think tanks. He referred to Libya as a textbook example for disappointed expectations subsequent to the Arab spring and urged caution about not letting the country become a second Syria. According to him the biggest challenges for Libya are the absence of state control, the proceeding expansion of IS, the precarious humanitarian situation as well as the falling oil revenues and the rising interference by regional actors. At this point it is crucial, he claimed, to support a united government together with a sustainable security structure.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.