MinbarLibya – International

Commentaries

Erik Prince to Prince bin Zayed: The Private...

By David Isenberg In 2014, retired Gen. James Mattis, now secretary of defense, reportedly referred to the United Arab Emirates as “Little Sparta.” He was favorably comparing the UAE to the historic Greek city-state, known for its military...

The plight of Libya’s academics should...

By Darren L. Linvill In spring 2015, Frederic Wehrey, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, found himself sleeping on a mattress in a garage outside Sirte, Libya.

Regional politics fuels rumour mill in Libya

By Ilia Xypolia The release of Saif al- Gaddafi dominated the media for several days in early June. But the saga of Saif’s unconfirmed release fits right into broader regional politics and the contest for power and influence by countries in...

Tuareg and Tubu Love Embittered by War

By Rima Alefani The southern region’s Tuareg and Tubu people regularly married and shared good relations, until the revolution, caused rifts and has led to fewer marriages amongst them.

Charting the course of Libya’s press

Like the country itself, Libya’s media environment is in chaos By Mustafa Fetouri Some of the main reasons that drove the Libyan uprising forward in 2011 were freedom of speech, freedom of expression and free media.  So how free has...

Resolving the Gulf crisis through Libya

 By Karim Mezran and Elissa Miller The rift within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is one of the most significant foreign policy challenges facing the Trump administration.

New UN Libya envoy faces long road to peace

By Mustafa Fetouri United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Ghassan Salame as his new special envoy to Libya and as the head of the UN mission in the country known as the UN Support Mission in Libya.

The Gulf Crisis: A Tragic Act of...

By Hassan Mneimneh Does Qatar fund terrorism? Certainly. It is an argument based on an accusation that is applicable to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and the United States.

Can Libya Curb the Flow?

By Fadwa Kamel Libyan experts claim a memorandum between Libya and Italy to slow the flow of migrants might be impossible to realize.

Libya: A Political and Economic Trainwreck

By Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran Libya is in a Catch-22 situation—political agreement cannot be reached without economic improvement and political stability is necessary to revive the economy.

Democracy and the Arab axis of tyranny

By Soumaya Ghannoushi The Qatar-Gulf crisis is a battle rooted in the aborted first wave of the Arab Spring. So far, Arab despots have succeeded in curbing democratic change in the region, but their latest tactics come with much higher risks.