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Documentary Screening and Discussion of "The Lust for Libya"



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Speaker: Sanjiev Johal, Director of the

We chart the evolution of modern Libya, the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi's rule and the effects of his demise


The Big Picture  - The Lust for Libya charts the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, uncovering the seeds of discontent – both at home and in his international relations– sewn across his turbulent reign. We dissect the geopolitical self-interest of Western and Middle Eastern nations, culminating in the NATO-led intervention of 2011 that deposed Gaddafi, as well as attempting to understand the chaos left in its wake. The Lust for Libya examines ancient schisms mapped anew on a contested landscape offering oil riches as well as strategic control, tracing the timeline of events - reaching back before the construction of Libya itself - that have left Africa's erstwhile richest nation in ruins.

Libya has been broken apart. Torn asunder by competing local, regional and international forces, its survival as a singular nation-state is under threat.  Once Africa's wealthiest country with the continent's largest oil reserves and highest standard of living, Libya, liberated from a dictator's grip, is mired in a violent, internecine conflict that has left many of its people struggling for food, fuel and security.  So how did it come to this?

Libya is split between rival governments and conflicting centres of power – one in the east of the country and one in the west - each backed by militias fighting for their own share of Libya’s loot seven years on from the violent ouster of the Gaddafi regime.  Colonel Muammar Gaddafi had held a nation together for more than four decades, strategically doling out cash incentives, nurturing division and combining political brokering with ruthless state repression.

In October 2011, the dictator who claimed to have brought participatory democracy to the Libyan people was killed by fellow Libyans. The one-time revolutionary’s life and often brutal rule brought to a grisly end by those also calling themselves revolutionaries. These self-declared revolutionaries were supported by regional players such as the UAE and Qatar as well as Western powers that included the US, the UK and France who painted Gaddafi as sometimes friend and oftentimes foe according to their own interests.

About the speaker

Sanjiev Johal is the writer/producer/director of the The Lust for Libya and works as a Senior Producer for Al Jazeera English, producing the network’s geopolitical documentary strand The Big Picture. After completing a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, Sanjiev worked as a broadcast journalist for BSkyB and the BBC before moving into freelance documentary and current affairs production.

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6.00pm - 8.00pmMonday 12th November 2018

Northampton Suite (B411) City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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