MinbarLibya – International

Commentaries

Found in South Africa … Libya’s trillions

By Jovial Rantao The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of...

Putting Libya back together again

By John J. Metzler Libya is a shattered land. Awash in weapons and explosives, riveted by tribal and political rivalries, flooded by illegal migrants, and haven to lethal terrorist groups, Libya remains North Africa’s glaring tragedy...

Libya’s political dialogue needs more...

By Virginie Collombier The formation of a Government of National Accord (GNA) between Libya’s warring factions has been delayed once more as representatives of the General National Congress (GNC) withdrew from talks a few weeks after...

Libya’s Civil Disorder Has Closed 8...

By Khaoula Sliti The civil disorder that has prevailed in much of Libya since the overthrow of the regime of Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi  has spread to the country’s campuses, with attacks on professors causing many to emigrate rather than live...

France, Italy and the Reawakening of...

By Jean Pierre Darnis The leaders of France, Italy, Spain and Germany met in Paris on 28 August for a summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron in the latest indication of France’s efforts to assume a key leadership role in the post-Brexit...

We must look to the past, not Isis, for the...

By Robert Fisk Emir Abdelkader was a Muslim, Sufi, sheikh, humanist, protector of his people against Western barbarism, protector of Christians against Muslim barbarism, so noble that Abe Lincoln sent him a pair of Colt pistols.

Libya and the EU: Migration

By Greg Shapland EU and African leaders meeting at a mini-summit in Paris have announced new measures to tackle the migrant crisis in the central Mediterranean.

Haftar Holds Upper Hand (!) In Libya Power...

By Geoff Porter Imagine a multi-pronged, low intensity conflict. It’s been dragging on for five or so years. Sometimes this faction gains ground. Sometimes that. Or maybe it’s a third or fourth group. And then imagine a truce between two...

Libyan Unity Remains Out of Reach

By Bennett Seftel More than six years after the Arab Spring reverberated across the Middle East and North Africa, the Libyan people still face a seemingly insurmountable challenge of piecing their fractured country back together.

Libya’s currency crisis: Can the...

By Tim Eaton Six years after the revolution, Libyans are paying more for goods with wages that are worth less. Central Bank officials should use their authority to stop the black market spiral of the currency.

An uncertain future for Libyan local...

By Mohamed Elmagbri and Josiah Cohen “We don’t need democracy. We need security!” This desperate cry now characterises the bleak sentiment shared by many Libyans six years after the overthrow of the brutal Qaddafi regime.

Trump officials: ‘Boris Johnson...

By Adam Payne Members of President Donald Trump’s government reportedly do not want to deal with British Foreign Secretary because “they think he’s a joke.”

The Gulf States′ proxy war: Baiting at a...

By Joseph Hammond and Suhaib Kebhaj The civil war that has been raging in Libya since 2011 is, in many ways, a proxy war pitting Qatar and its Muslim Brotherhood allies against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.

Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

By Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao When NATO launched Operation Unified Protector against the Libyan regime in 2011, the alliance received support from its own member Turkey, as well as two Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the...

Why Boris Johnson feels he must fix Libya

By James Landale In one dock lies the wreck of a frigate sunk by the RAF in 2011. It rests on its side, a rusting symbol of David Cameron’s decision to use military force against Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.