By Mustafa Sanalla For years now, opportunists of all stripes, local and international, have tried to profit from Libya’s seemingly endless instability by disrupting its oil production.
By Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Theodore Karasik Six years ago, Qatar’s “pro-Arab Spring” foreign policy helped shape Libyan...Read More
By Ashur Shamis In a personal contribution, Ashur Shamis calls for a dialogue between the West and the Muslim world. This is a...Read More
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.
By Oliver Miles Summary: little sign of Qadhafi loyalism since 2011, but Libya may be reduced to clutching at straws. Where is the family now?
Eyewitnesses, in Benghazi, said that Emirati and Egyptian airstrikes carried out air attacks on the areas of Souq Al-Hot, al-Sabry, and central Benghazi to help the forces of the House of Representatives (HoR) that led by General Khalifa...
By Simon Henderson The de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the UAE know how to change positions as pressures demand, but getting it wrong in Qatar, Yemen, and other regional hotspots could have dreadful consequences.
By David Hearst It has been apparent for some time that the war against the Islamic State (IS) group and its forebear al-Qaeda is by no means the only show in town in the Middle East. In fact, for most of the time, the war on terror has been a...
By Jason Pack – edited by Rhiannon Smith Six years after protests first erupted in February 2011 against the brutal and repressive rule of Qadhafi, Libya remains a country beset by deepening political fragmentation, bloody internecine...
By Nathan Brown The official Muslim religious establishments in Arab countries give governments a major role in religious life, but these institutions are rarely mere regime mouthpieces and can be difficult to steer in a particular direction.
By Thembisa Fakude The ongoing blockade of Qatar led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt has exposed the harshness of Middle Eastern politics.
By Jamal Elshayyal Gulf states claim they are besieging Qatar over Doha’s support of terrorist organisations. The real motivations? Emirati revenge and a Saudi deputy crown prince who wants to be king.
By Alaa Bayoumi A new wave of anti-democratic momentum is spreading across the Arab world, targeting regimes and movements that supported the Arab Spring.
By Bachir Amroune Qatar stands isolated under accusations of sponsoring terrorism. But this diplomatic crisis is actually about young princes’ unbridled quest for power – with the help of Donald Trump, says DW’s Bachir...
A UK Foreign Office minister has admitted that the UK “could have done more” to prevent Libya’s descent into chaos after NATO’s intervention in 2011 that brought the end to ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.
By Dominic Green In the week following Salman Abedi’s suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, a great deal was revealed about the perpetrator, most of it deeply unsettling.
In the aftermath of a new attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, the Egyptian army retaliated. This Monday the Egyptian air force has flown a series of air strikes against the Shura Council of Derna in Libya – whom they hold accountable for...
By Hani Shennib On May 18, militias belonging to the Misratan Third Force and its affiliates launched an attack on the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Brak al-Shati, an airport base in the Libyan province of Fezzan, and killed 141 Libyan army...
By Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted.
By Belal Younis You cannot compare Islamic State’s aims to ours. They’re fighting for chaos – we fought for peace.