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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...

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

Turkey Secures a Reprieve in Libya

The announcement on June 4 that forces of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) had regained full control of the capital, Tripoli, could be viewed as an apparent victory for Turkish foreign policy in the eastern Mediterranean. Renegade General Khalifa Haftar is in retreat,...

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.

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game

Mercenaries in the Desert: The Kremlin’s Libya Game

Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been consumed by a destructive domestic struggle for power aggravated by the involvement of major external players. By 2014-16, two main centers of power emerged. The so-called “western bloc,” nominally led by Fayez al-Sarraj, rests on...

Is the Worst Over for Libya?

Is the Worst Over for Libya?

There are signs that a worst-case scenario has been avoided in Libya.  The latest month-long round of inter-militia fighting south of Tripoli, which broke out on August 27 and left at least 115 people killed, had two remarkable effects. On the one hand, the level of violence, which the capital...

Italy’s Migration Policy: A Dark Trade-Off on Human Rights

Italy’s Migration Policy: A Dark Trade-Off on Human Rights

Italy’s policies have failed migrants and refugees crossing from Libya, and things are about to get much worse. Italy’s migration policies have been formidable. Returning boats headed to its shores, compelling NGOs to cease sea rescue missions and paying Libya to stop migrants leaving have...

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Has Not Gone Away

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Has Not Gone Away

The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean sees record-high death tolls. Though it might have temporarily disappeared from news headlines, the European migrant and refugee crisis has not gone away. On the contrary, the situation is drastic and urgent. Most recent estimates by the UN Refugee Agency...

Who Will Govern Libya Later This Year?

Who Will Govern Libya Later This Year?

Can Saif al-Islam Gaddafi unite Libya with the support of the country's numerous tribes? Understanding the three key actors in the Libyan Civil War is critical during the coming months. Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is pushing his Operation Dignity forces to the west...

Russian Influence in Libya Puts EU on Alert

Russian Influence in Libya Puts EU on Alert

Increased international backing and military resources for Haftar could lead to a more aggressive push by the general for broader power in Libya. Since the beginning of 2017, there have been increasing signs that key states in the international community may be willing to acquiesce to the...

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