UNC expert helps Libya toward democracy

A UNC-Chapel Hill expert is helping to support the development of a democratic system in Libya.

Andrew Reynolds, associate professor of political science and chair of the Global Studies Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences, is in Benghazi and Tripoli, Libya, Sept. 7 to 17 to advise the Transitional National Council of Libya.

Reynolds is among the first experts called on to speak with the council concerning plans for an interim government, constitutional assembly elections and the constitutional design process they will evolve. He is traveling to Libya as an expert consultant on these issues for the non-partisan National Democratic Institute.

The author of “Designing Democracy in a Dangerous World” (Oxford, 2011), Reynolds has undertaken similar missions advising on election and constitutional design for the United Nations and U.S.-based democracy-supporting organizations in Lesotho, Indonesia and Egypt.