Our members are active in publishing commentary and Op-Ed in all sorts of American media. We also appear on radio and TV programs to provide analysis and prospective. This work is crucial in order to educate the public on the needs and opportunities in Libya. By keeping Libya and its struggles on the front burner of American media, we can reinforce our mission and bring more resources to bear on the challenges Libya faces.
The United States of America is able to provide emerging democracies with a huge wealth of resources through its Think-Tanks, Academic institutions, and NGOs. Libyans need to tap into these resources so that the “learning curve” is made shorter and costly mistakes are minimized. LAPAC will be one of these links between Libyan Institutions and American Institutions. We hold regular meetings to discuss ways and implement methodologies to strengthen the transfer of knowledge and expertise from the USA to Libya.
By working with American leaders, NGOs, government, research centers, and members of the Libyan-American community, LAPAC will offer technical assistance to the emerging democracy in Libya. Our advocacy and public affairs campaigns will serve to ensure that American government and media will offer the necessary support to the legitimate Libyan democratic institutions and prevent the return of any form of autocratic rule.
Our board and staff members meet regularly with American political leaders in Congress and White house. We try to bring forward the concerns of the average Libyan and present an alternative view of events. The “official” view or policy is not always the most accurate or productive. By educating our American counterparts on the nuances of Libyan culture and the needs of the man in the street, American policy will become more relevant and will have a better chance of success.
The pressures that American policy makers come under in order to accept the status quo and possibly compromise the ideals of the Libyan revolution could be very big. These pressures come from within Libya but also from autocratic governments in neighboring countries. Our meetings with American Policy makers will provide them with counterarguments and policy options that will protect democracy and ensure stability. We believe, after all, that only democracy and freedom can provide long-term stability. Dictatorships and strongmen only provide short-term stability.