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Diplomacy in Action



Nationwide political violence erupted in February 2011, following the Libyan Government’s brutal suppression of popular protests against Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi.

CSO and evacuated members of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli worked together to develop comprehensive scenario and transition plans to better organize the United States government response during and after the uprising. CSO and embassy staff also worked with key international partners to ensure a common approach to assistance, and worked directly with the Libyan opposition leadership to assist in their development of transition planning and preparations for a post-Qadhafi future.

CSO’s planning work was adopted by the National Security Staff (NSS) and Congress, and shaped multiple high-level decisions for U.S. action in Libya at critical junctures. Today, CSO supports several deployments in Libya addressing the priority sectors of governance, economy, health care, and security sector reform, each of which plays a part in supporting post-revolution stabilization.


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