A Conversation with Libyan National Council Representative Ali Aujali
About This Event

The US military involvement in Libya, hailed by some as a victory for human rights and democracy, raises difficult questions about American interests and Arab popular uprisings. Many policymakers and private citizens are uncertain about the mission and hesitate to support an opposition movement whose nature and aims are unclear. Who exactly is the Libyan opposition, and what are its goals? Can it prevail, or is our involvement leading to a bloody and protracted civil war? Does the opposition have ties to al Qaeda? How can we be certain we are supporting a real democratic movement? AEI visiting scholar Paul Wolfowitz discusses these and other questions with former Libyan ambassador Ali Aujali, the current representative of Libya's Transitional National Council.
2:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks:
ALI AUJALI, Transitional National Council

Question and Answer


Speaker Biographies
Ali Suleiman Aujali is the former Libyan ambassador to the United States. He is now the official representative of the National Council to the United States and is working to deliver international recognition to the National Council. Mr. Aujali is a professional diplomat who represented Libya during the course of a forty-year career.

Paul Wolfowitz
is a visiting scholar in foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, where he studies development issues. He has spent more than three decades in public service and higher education. Most recently, Mr. Wolfowitz was president of the World Bank and deputy secretary of defense. Before that, he was dean and professor of international relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has also served as undersecretary of defense for policy (1989–93) and US ambassador to Indonesia (1986–89). Mr. Wolfowitz was the assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs (1982–86) and director of policy planning at the Department of State. He worked as deputy assistant secretary of defense for regional programs at the Department of Defense and as special assistant to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1973–77).


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