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UN report cites numerous sources of illegal funding for Libyan militias

UN report cites numerous sources of illegal...

By Sami Zaptia A UN report has concluded that ‘‘a variety of sources of funding are available to (Libyan) armed groups’’, assessing that there are ‘‘four important sources of funding: fuel smuggling, trafficking in persons...

Eastern Libya tries to wrest control of oil supply again

Eastern Libya tries to wrest control of oil...

By Chris Stephen Libya’s plans to lift oil production to 1m barrels a day this summer hit another political obstacle after the eastern government ordered deliveries handled by Swiss-based Glencore to halt because of its connection to...

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

By Javier Martin Powerless against the disarray and growing anarchy that spreads around smuggling – of oil, gasoline, weapons and people – Hasan Dhawadi, mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, raised the alarm.

The Fall of the Jafra Airbase: Battlefield Calculations and Regional Contexts

The Fall of the Jafra Airbase: Battlefield...

Policy Analysis Unit The Policy Analysis Unit is the Center’s department dedicated to the study of the region’s most pressing current affairs. An integral and vital part of the ACRPS’ activities, it offers academically rigorous analysis...

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Bleeding Fuel

A nighttime maritime patrol is a lesson in Libya’s permeable sovereignty. By Frederic Wehrey “This will be a hot pursuit tonight,” the coast guard captain tells me. It is dusk over Tripoli’s harbor and we are standing in the control...

Why The Campaign Against Qatar Is Doomed

Why The Campaign Against Qatar Is Doomed

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...

​ Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (2)

Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (2)

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...

Official Islam in the Arab World: The Contest for Religious Authority (3)2

Official Islam in the Arab World: The...

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.

The rise of Haftar, Egypt's true Libyan goal

The rise of Haftar, Egypt’s true...

By Alex MacDonald Egypt used attack on Christians south of Cairo as a pretext to attack Libya’s Derna. But analysts say their real purpose was to support Haftar.

Mr. Magafe, the Libyan Warlord Who Feeds On Immigrants

Mr. Magafe, the Libyan Warlord Who Feeds On...

By Mohamud Hassan Somalis are very good at nicknaming things and even people. The name Magafe literally means the one who never misses in Somali and that is what Somalis use to describe a Libyan warlord who has made a business out of...

Libya’s growing shadow economy threatens more destabilisation

Libya’s growing shadow economy threatens...

By Sami Zaptia A dangerous black market is growing across Libya that disproportionately affects an already vulnerable population and threatens to further destabilize the fragile economy. That’s according to a new report out from the US NGO...

​ Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (1)

Mapping Libya’s Jihadists (1)

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...

The unfair targeting of Qatar exposes Africa’s client states

The unfair targeting of Qatar exposes...

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.

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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.

Qatar-Gulf crisis: Who are the 'terrorists'?

Qatar-Gulf crisis: Who are the...

By Abdullah Al-Arian On May 21, US President Donald Trump headlined a widely celebrated summit in Saudi Arabia bringing together the heads of state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and many of their regional allies to affirm their...

The blockade of Qatar is a move against the values of the Arab spring

The blockade of Qatar is a move against the...

By Wadah Khanfar The move of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar was swift. It was launched on the back of a fake news report placed by hackers on the website of Qatar’s official news agency. That allowed the three Gulf states to...

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Official Islam in the Arab World: The...

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.