London School of Economics to “Reconsider” Libyan Ties


The London School of Economics has apparently decided to review its extensive financial ties to Libya. According to an article by John Gill in Times Higher Education:

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Mu’ammer Gaddafi… has a PhD in governance and international relations from LSE. His links to the institution were cemented in 2009 when he donated £1.5 million to LSE Global Governance – a research centre at the institution.

In a statement issued today, the LSE says it has “reconsidered” its links with Libya in light of the violence in the country.

…LSE Global Governance accepted, with the approval of the school’s council, a grant from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, chaired by Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi. “In current difficult circumstances, the school has decided to stop new activities under that programme,” it says.

How reassuring that LSE has decided to reconsider its financial links to a brutal (and just, well, weird) dictatorship now that the dictatorship has become too unstable.

Mu’ammer Gaddafi (right) has actually been “Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya” since 1969. But now LSE has decided it’s had enough. Way to set those standards. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer