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...

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.

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

April 24, 2019

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...

Inside America’s Invisible Government

November 01, 2016

Those in power in America do not like to see the status quo challenged. The American journalist Edward Bernays is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psychoanalysis, it was Bernays who coined the term “public relations” as a...

Italy’s Investment in Africa is Not a Passing Fancy

September 20, 2016

In the second of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Read part 1 here. Italy’s postcolonial relations with the Horn of Africa can be summed up as undulant: occasionally on the rise, propelled...

Libya Instability to Persist as Challenges Mount

September 07, 2016

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...

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