This story is about British involvement in Libya since the first treaty signed with the rulers in Tripoli in January 1692. The book is divided into four eras. The first covers the period up to the Italian invasion in 1911; the second covers the First World War and Italian pacification; the third covers the Western Desert Campaign; and the final part brings the reader up to date with recent events.
Join Tim Eaton from Chatham House and Rupert Wieloch at Frontline Club to discuss whether the portrayal of Libya by British media today is accurate and what its effect is on the future stability of the country; how British and Irish war correspondents reporting from Libya changed government policy during the Italian invasion in 1911; how the western desert campaigns were presented to the public by embedded journalists and finally how different press interpretations have influenced the way we think about Libya during the Gaddafi era.
This event will take place in the Club member's room.
Senior Research Fellow - Moderator at Chatham House
Tim Eaton is a senior research fellow with Chatham House’s MENA Programme. His research focuses on the political economy of the Libyan conflict. In 2018, he authored a report on the development of Libya’s war economy which illustrates how economic activities have become increasingly connected to violence.
Prior to joining Chatham House, he worked for BBC Media Action, BBC’s international development charity, on projects in Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. In Libya, Tim helped to set up and manage BBC Media Action’s bureau from 2013 until 2014.
He is a regular contributor to the media, having written for the Washington Post, BBC, Newsweek, CNN, War on the Rocks and the New Statesman, among others.
Rupert Wieloch served on the front line in Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina and wrote the UK’s first joint warfare publication on media operations. 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. As the net closed on Colonel Gadhafi, he was appointed as the senior British military commander with responsibilities for hunting war criminals and reconstruction in the war-torn country.