It’s Back to Square One in Libya

August 30, 2021

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

July 05, 2021

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....

Europe Is Divided in Libya

September 04, 2020

France’s foreign policy in Libya has left Europe divided in relation to the North African country's civil war.

Deeper Fragmentation Looms for Libya

June 18, 2020

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

June 09, 2020

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,...

Algeria’s Perspective on the Libyan Conflict

March 14, 2020

Efforts to de-escalate the Libyan conflict at the Berlin Conference, held in January, have so far proven futile. One country with high stakes in Libya’s future that opposes foreign meddling in the war-torn nation is Algeria.

The Russian Factor in the Libyan Civil War

January 15, 2020

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

October 16, 2019

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?

November 02, 2018

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...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Hillary Clinton’s “Idealistic” War

May 04, 2018

Idealism may not always be the best way to serve our ideals. Jalel Harchaoui, a researcher in Paris interviewed by the Nouvel Observateur, has uncovered what he considers the real reasons for the war on Libya that brought down leader Muammar Gaddafi and prompted Hillary Clinton later to boast,...

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