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​ Is Libya a failed state?

Is Libya a failed state?

With multiple governments, a collapsing economy and local militias competing for power, is Libya a failed state?

The Libyan Conundrum: Modern Tribalism At Work

Who governs Libya?

By Fathi Benessa The question baffles most, if not all, Libya observers and continues to baffle Libyans themselves. Even the governed do not know who governs them.

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one...

By Hadani Ditmars As Manchester reels from a night of horror, in the aftermath of a bomb that went off in a stadium full of young people, all thoughts are with the families of the victims. 

The Army and Political Power in the Arab Context

The Army and Political Power in the Arab...

By Azmi Bishara It is difficult, if not impossible, to make generalizations across time and space about army and politics, that is, outside a specific historical context encompassing local history, culture, social structure, and other...

For Benghazi, Justice Is Long Overdue

For Benghazi, Justice Is Long Overdue

By Fred Burton Almost five years after attackers overran the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in an assault that left two diplomats and two security agents dead, not one person who participated in the crime has faced justice.

Inside Girnada’s hell-hole jail 2

Inside Girnada’s hell-hole jail

By Safa Alharathy In January and September 2016, activists from the city of Derna launched “Save Prisoners in Qirnada” campaign after receiving reports from families of detainees over gross violations committed against prisoners...

The Westphalian Model To Resolve Conflicts In The Middle East

The Westphalian Model To Resolve Conflicts...

By Raghida Dergham The prestigious German think-tank Korber-Stiflung has recently raised a question regarding whether the Westphalia model can be implemented in the context of peacemaking efforts in Middle Eastern conflicts, while surveying...

Investing Stores and Libyan Bribes

Investing Stores and Libyan Bribes

By Matt Levine How to win business in Libya. In 2006, economic sanctions on Libya were lifted, and the country established a sovereign wealth fund — the Libyan Investment Authority — to invest its oil money.

The nation state and region pre-and post-Arab Spring

The nation state and region pre-and...

By Abdulwahhab Badrakhan The recent eleventh Al-Jazeera Annual Forum discussed a thorny issue that is thought to have been imposed by the developments of the Arab Spring. However, this issue has been simmering in one way or another for...

President Trump, don’t ignore Libya

President Trump, don’t ignore Libya

By Federica Saini Fasanotti Dear Mr. President, In your April 20 meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, you discussed the extraordinary emergency facing not only Italy, but all of Europe—namely migratory flows on the scale of...

​ The Myth of the Arab Spring

The Myth of the Arab Spring

By Jacob L. Shapiro In 2010, a fruit vendor put Tunisia on the world’s stage when he lit himself on fire. Tunisia is being rocked by protests.

Opening Statement by US Ambassador-retired Deborah K. Jones

Opening Statement by US Ambassador-retired...

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Open Hearing on Libya Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Members of the Committee, Honored Guests: It is my distinct honor to appear before you today to address the important and vexing matter...

THE CRISIS IN LIBYA

THE CRISIS IN LIBYA: NEXT STEPS AND U.S...

By Frederic Wehrey “Libya is now more polarized than ever and the growing vacuum could breed more radicalism. Now is the time for American leadership to resolve the crisis, safeguard American interests, and help the country realize the early...