Demonstrators calling for the General National Congress to meet their demands gather at Freedom Square in Benghazi (REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori).
The Libyan Revolution at Two
February 22, 2013,
Ibrahim Sharqieh writes that in spite of a strong start for Libya’s transition process—noted by generally free and fair parliamentary elections, political party formation, proliferation of civil society, and a comparably small divide between Islamists and liberals—the country has in many ways become a blank state. Sharqieh says widespread divisions among revolutionaries, exacerbated by a “culture of the victor,” and a lack of progress toward enacting a process of national reconciliation must be addressed in the short-term.