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Qatar crisis: Coup attempts, the politics of...

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.

Young princes in the Persian Gulf are...

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...

UK ‘could have done more’ to prevent...

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.

The Known Wolf

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.

LIBYA – The Poland of the Middle East

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...

The Brak al-Shati Massacre Shows a Weak GNA...

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...

Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

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.

Scouts and Premier League ‘should be...

By Rohit Kachroo The Scout Association, the Eurovision Song Contest and the English Premier League should be promoted in Libya to help fight terrorism, a UK government report leaked to ITV News concluded.

Is Libya a failed state?

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...