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The Libya Exchange

November 29-December 3, 2017
@ The Africa Hotel, Tunis
* Conference Application Deadline I October 15/Deadline II November 15, 2017
* 30 slots only/Rolling Acceptance
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The Libya Exchange is co-hosted by Omeyya Seddik (Al-Muqaddima), Nicholas Noe ( and Monica Marks (Oxford University). As with our other Exchanges over the past decade, the aim of the conference is to provide direct and intensive insight into Libya from several perspectives, especially those of Libyans themselves.

Program Format:
The Libya Exchange will be held over the five days at the conference room of The Africa Hotel in downtown Tunis, from 9am until 6pm, except for the final day (Sunday, December 3) when the Exchange will end at 3pm. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 30. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

Engaging Libyan Actors & Regional Specialists:
Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Libya as well as specialists whose work focuses on Libya and its relations with neighboring countries.

INVITED INDIVIDUALS & INSTITUTIONS (Preliminary & Partial List Only):
NOTE: Accepted participants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

Hanan Salah, Human Rights Watch
Mohamed Eljarh, Atlantic Center
Wolfram Lacher, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Mary Fitzgerald, Journalist
Mattia Toaldo, European Council on Foreign Relations
Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux, Independent Researcher and Consultant
The Government of National Accord
The House of Representatives
The Former General National Congress
The Presidential Council
The National Oil Company of Libya
Representative of the City of Benghazi
Representative of the City of Sabratha
Representative of the City of Zintan
Representative of the City of Zuwara
Representative of the City of Misrata
Representative of the City of Sabha
Libyan Tribal Leaders
The University of Benghazi
The Former National Transitional Council of Libya
The High Council of State
The Libyan Investment Authority
The Central Bank of Libya
Otman Gajiji, Frm. Chairman, Central Committee of Municipal Elections
Seifeddine Trabelsi, Journalist
Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Hassan Morajea, Journalist
George Joffe, Cambridge University
Rebecca Murray, Journalist
Lydia Sizer, Menas Associates
Valerie Stocker, Journalist
Peter Cole, The United Nations Development Programme
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya
The European Union Delegation to Libya
The British Embassy, Tripoli
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The African Union Liaison Office in Libya
The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Participation Fee – $900; Note that participation fee discounts are available for participants who wish to attend multiple Exchanges. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Furthermore, all our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding. 

Accommodation – $70 for a single room per night at the five star Africa Hotel under our group booking only (breakfast and all taxes are included). Shared rooms are also available upon request and are priced at $45 per participant (we will arrange for sharing with other participants).

Airfare – $300, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:
Omeyya Seddik is the founder of the Tunisian NGO Al-Muqadimma, established in 2011. He specializes in analysis and mediation between potential parties to conflict in Tunisia and Libya, and serves as an advisor to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre). 

Nicholas Noe is co-founder of the Beirut-based news translation service covering the Middle East media and the co-director of The Exchange program. The first Exchange was launched by Senior Producer Yamen Soukkarieh and Mr. Noe in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2008. Since that time, more than 600 people from 51 different countries have participated in more than 35 Exchanges.

Monica Marks is a Rhodes Scholar and PhD Candidate at Oxford University. Her work, which focuses on politics, institutional reform, and Islamist movements in Tunisia and Turkey, has appeared in peer-reviewed books and journals, news outlets including The GuardianThe New York TimesForeign Policy, and The Washington Post, and for think tanks including the Carnegie Endowment, the Brookings Institute, and The Century Foundation.

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