Objectives & Structure 


The Libya Study Group (LSG) is an NCUSLR-piloted initiative to convene a diverse group of experts on Libya monthly in Washington, D.C. to achieve the following goals:

  • Share and exchange ideas

  • Review, analyze and discuss information, data and relevant literature 

  • Provide expert opinions and recommendations 

The LSG is conducted according to the following guidelines, as agreed upon by participants at the inaugural meeting of the Group:


  • The group activity will be coordinated by the office of the National Council on US Libya Relations. Funding will be provided temporarily through the Council until alternative sources are identified

  • Future topics will be proposed and leaders/moderators of the topic to be discussed will be assigned at the end of each meeting. Focus on one topic at a time

  • Location of the meetings will be determined by the assigned leaders with rotation between host institutions

  • Teleconferencing facilities will be arranged for overseas participants

  • Responsibility of discussion leaders to collect and circulate relevant articles and data at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting; Should propose premises to be studied at the meeting with results & conclusions to be highlighted and articulated at the end of each meeting

  • Outside experts on a particular topic may be invited to add technical expertise to the conversation

Long-term objectives that the Group aims to accomplish include: 

  • Publish collectively 

  • Design studies

  • Arrange and participate in field trips to Libya and region

Past Meetings


Inaugural Libya Study Group Meeting

National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations

Facilitator: Dr. Hani Shennib (NCUSLR) & Wolfgang Pusztai (NCUSLR)

January 17th, 2019

The National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations convened the first meeting of the Libya Study Group at its office in January 2019. Participants discussed the structure and goals of the LSG and participated in a group discussion exercise on LNA movement into Southern Libya and UNSMIL's upcoming National Conference. 

Libya Study Group Meeting: Security Update 

American Enterprise Institute - Critical Threats Project 

Facilitators: Emily Estelle (AEI - Critical Threats Project) and Wolfgang Pusztai (NCUSLR) 

March 7th, 2019

The second meeting of the Libya Study Group was hosted at the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project in March 2019. Emily Estelle, Africa Director and Senior Analyst at AEI, and Wolfgang Pusztai, MENA Security & Policy Analyst and NCUSLR Advisory Board Chairman, delivered briefs on military, militia, and terrorist group mobilization in Libya. Estelle and Pusztai then led participants in a group discussion on security developments. 

Libya Study Group Meeting: Conflict in Tripoli

Atlantic Council 

Facilitators: Dr. Karim Mezran (Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council) and Dr. Hani Shennib (NCUSLR) 

April 26th, 2019 

The third meeting of the Libya Study Group was hosted at the Atlantic Council by the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in April 2019. Dr. Karim Mezran, Director of the North Africa Initiative at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and Dr. Hani Shennib, Founding President of NCUSLR, led the discussion on recent military and humanitarian developments in Tripoli following LNA advancements on the capital city in April. 

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