Tag: Khalifa Haftar

It’s Back to Square One in Libya

It’s Back to Square One in Libya

Six years ago, Libya’s political process fell apart almost as soon as it started. The country was forcibly divided as politicians got buyers’ remorse over their agreement and realized that competition was considerably more profitable than cooperation. Libya’s revolutionary transition stalled...

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

On February 5, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), a 75-member body, supervised by the United Nations, approved Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s list of officials to temporarily run national affairs. Their mandate will last until presidential and parliamentary elections take place on December 24....

Deeper Fragmentation Looms for Libya

Deeper Fragmentation Looms for Libya

Sweeping military victories in recent weeks by forces aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA) in northwestern Libya have effectively ushered in the end of the self-styled Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 14-month offensive to capture Tripoli. While fighting between the warring parties...

The Russian Factor in the Libyan Civil War

The Russian Factor in the Libyan Civil War

In 2019, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar launched his campaign to take control of Tripoli. Backing from the Wagner Group, plus Russian snipers and anti-tank missiles, appear to be helping Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army achieve this goal.

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

Today’s protesters have a leg up on their counterparts from the Arab Spring of 2011. Momentous developments across North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region — as well as the Middle East — is still in its infancy. So too does popular...

Libya Instability to Persist as Challenges Mount

Libya Instability to Persist as Challenges Mount

The successful no-confidence vote in the Government of National Accord on August 22 has led to renewed political uncertainty in Libya. The vote of no confidence by the eastern parliament, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), underscores the fragility and volatility of the current...

Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya is a Failed State

Four Years After Gaddafi, Libya is a Failed State

Weapons are pouring out of Africa’s most oil-rich country, while extremist fighters tumble in. Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan ruler, Libya has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of last year’s election to achieve political unity...

Another Civil War in Libya?

Another Civil War in Libya?

Rivalries between Libya’s political and military actors threaten a new civil war. The ongoing political dispute in Libya between a secularist and liberal political alliance and Islamist groups is a significant contributing factor to violence afflicting the country. Militia groups that are...

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Libya in Turmoil: The Renegade General as a Blessing or Curse?

Libya in Turmoil: The Renegade General as a Blessing or Curse?

Haftar’s approach is endangering the future stability of Libya and promises a civil war on a large-scale. The “Arab Spring” never ended as an exercise in democracy. Rather, it served as a pathway used by Islamist groups to legitimize, mobilize and spread their ideological beliefs, while...

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