Opinion 

The Libyan Conflict is not a Tribal Conflict

With the way in which events continue to unravel in Libya, many Western news reporters and opinion writers categorize the conflict to be a courtesy of tribalism. This oversimplification in the portrayal of the Libyan conflict is especially problematic as it reaffirms a West-centric understanding of global politics. Knowledge is power, and the manner in which knowledge is shared and spread is... Read More
Policy Recommendation 

How are IS financing themselves in Libya and what should be done about it?

The rapid emergence and relative consolidation of the Islamic State (IS) branch in Libya has left many wondering how the group attains the funds to sustain operations and control territory. Official estimates by the United Nations (UN) and United States (US) estimated that there are roughly between 2,000 and 6,000 IS fighters currently in Libya. Although there have been strong initiatives to investigate how... Read More
Policy Recommendation 

Lessons for Libya: The Capture of Mukalla from al-Qaeda and its Implications for Countering Terrorism in Libya

The capture of Mukalla from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was an unexpected victory for the embattled Yemeni government, against a resilient and adaptable franchise of al-Qaeda. This paper notes four key aspects of the operation to re-take Mukalla and highlights their relevance for countering terrorism in the embattled nation of Libya. Click Here to Open/Download Read More
Opinion 

Libya and Egypt’s Unique Relationship

After Egypt and Libya gained independence in the 1950s, the two respective states maintained a mutual cooperative relationship. With regards to foreign policy and regional security, the two neighbouring countries viewed each other as key players. When Gaddafi assumed power in 1969, his initial goal regarding Egypt was to try and create a partnership with Egypt both within the region... Read More
Opinion 

How Legitimate is Fayez al-Sarraj’s Libya?

By assuming the office of the Prime Minister on 5th of April 2016, Fayez al-Sarraj faces unprecedented challenges in the nation’s history and is now tasked with bringing a failing state back from the abyss and preventing Libya from becoming the Somalia of the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Sarraj must address the internal problems which currently plague the nation whilst balancing... Read More