Human Rights lawyer and senior UN mediator Mark Muller Stuart joins us to discuss the story of British intervention in Libya and the Arab Spring from a unique civil society standpoint. Muller Stuart was there in Benghazi two weeks after the UN No-Fly Zone Resolution was passed, meeting with Rebel leaders to discuss how Western civil society might help them stabilise the country and resolve difficult legacy issues such as victim claims over Lockerbie and the supply of IRA Semtex.
In an age when Western governments have become risk averse and distrusted in the Middle East, Muller documents how non-state mediators, non-governmental organisations, journalists, artists and like-minded diplomats, such as assassinated US Ambassador Chris Stevens, explore ways to support democratic movements and promote human rights in one of the world’s most turbulent regions. Storm in the Desert describes a dramatic story of revolution and also the complex, murky role successive British governments have played in trying to contain conflict in the region.
Mark Muller Stuart offers a unique insight into the world of diplomacy and power politics and the way they impact upon ordinary human lives, suggesting that it is civil society not government that ultimately stabilises countries and unearths the truth about conflict and the ill-treatment of civilians at the hand of state forces.
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