NATO’s tenuous support for rebuilding Libya post Operation Unified Protector

The Pentagon is to send a team of soldiers to Libya to begin a training mission for Libyan troops in Bulgaria, the Associated Press reported on 19 March. According to an unnamed US Army official, fewer than a dozen soldiers will go to Tripoli but that number could grow as the group begins selecting the Libyan troops who will receive US training. The report states that "about 500 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division will train 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan forces in basic combat skills as part of a larger international effort to improve security in the North African nation".  

Although the training programme was announced last year, both the US and NATO have been dragging their feet in providing security sector reform (SSR) assistance for Libya, often blaming Tripoli for the delay in any concrete progress. This briefing reviews the SSR commitments that have been made by NATO and the (lack of) progress to date in implementing them.