Is Decentralisation the Way Forward?

Following the declarations of autonomy by two of Libya's three regions, Cyrenaica and Fezzan, some voices have come out in support of the idea of a more federal or devolved administration in the country.

In a collection of essays titled The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadafi Future, edited by Jason Pack, it is argued that central government should devolve power to the various local strongmen.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Dr Christopher S Chivvis of the RAND Corporation, and author of the forthcoming book Toppling Qaddafi: Libya and the Limits of Liberal Intervention, says, "there are many possible scenarios for the future of Libya ... I do not think that it will be divided, although I think that the future Libyan state should be highly decentralized."

Either way, order and the rule of law must be restored, for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that people need to know whom to deal with to get things done.

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