What Should Happen Next In Libya?

With the apparent collapse of Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya, quick action needs to be taken to avert the sort of post-conflict strife that engulfed Iraq after Saddam fell. Sarah Margon, the associate director for sustainable security at the Center for American Progress, suggests a series of steps that can help ease Libya’s transition to a stable democracy — a road that is sure to be fraught with challenges. Margon writes that the Transitional National Council, the rebel alliance now recognized as the government, must take immediate steps to be politically inclusive, ensure security, and begin the process of building national institutions and civil society. The international community can help with assistance in managing Libya’s ample natural resources and aiding transparency and civil society efforts. The U.S. in particular, with post-conflict experience, should form a cohesive plan that addresses Libya specifically and, writes Margon, balance it against domestic priorities in consultation with Congress.