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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...

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...

Inside America’s Invisible Government

Inside America’s Invisible Government

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

Italy’s Investment in Africa is Not a Passing Fancy

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

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...

Devastating Consequences for Women in War

Devastating Consequences for Women in War

The wars in the Middle East have caused much destruction and left millions of victims, especially young girls and women. While the media often focus on cases like Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, they often forget the many girls and women whose rights...

Republicans Miss the Point of 13 Hours

Republicans Miss the Point of 13 Hours

Will Michael Bay’s film prove to be a political success for the Republican Party? Director Michael Bay’s latest film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has attracted the attention of the Republican Party, who view it as a condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US secretary of...

No Donald, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be Stable Under Saddam

No Donald, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be Stable Under Saddam

Donald Trump thinks the Middle East would be more stable under Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi. Juan Cole disagrees. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has alleged that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were...

Migrant Trade in Lawless Libya Traps Refugees

Migrant Trade in Lawless Libya Traps Refugees

Fleeing war, violence and economic hardship, migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea have one aim: Europe or die. Following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been sporting a rambunctious new democracy that split the country into two warring governments, with militias running large...

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