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

* Request a registration form via info@thebeirutexchange.com

The Libya Exchange is co-hosted by Omeyya Seddik (Al-Muqaddima), Nicholas Noe (Mideastwire.com) 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

Hassan Morajea, Journalist

George Joffe, Cambridge University

Rebecca Murray, Journalist

Lydia Sizer, Menas Associates

Valerie Stocker, Journalist

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 info@thebeirutexchange.com. 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). 

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.

REQUEST A REGISTRATION FORM via info@thebeirutexchange.com