Anglo-Libyan Relations in the 20th Century by Rupert Wieloch

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Anglo-Libyan Relations in the 20th Century by Rupert Wieloch

This talk will discuss how Britain’s policy of non-interference in Libya was tested by the Italo-Ottoman war that began in 1911 and the Sanussi invasion of Egypt in 1915. Tracing the key moments in the Anglo-Libyan relationship – from the peace dialogue between Idris as-Sanussi and Milo Talbot that paved the way for the future Defence and Security treaty, to the July 1999 rapprochement when diplomatic relations were reopened after a 15-year gap – it will be argued that Britain still has an important role to play in Libya’s future peace and stability.

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About the Speaker

Rupert Wieloch is an independent author who writes about British history and international relations. In 2011, he was a member of the Middle East Peace Process working group on arms control, when he became involved in the UN authorised operation to protect civilians in Libya. He has now written a book about the long-standing Anglo-Libyan friendship that traces its roots to the 17th century.

 Army colonel Rupert Wieloch warns sending 1,000 troops to Libya risks 'mission creep' | Daily Mail Online

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