Analysis

Our contributors are experts in Arab societies who provide nuanced analysis on latest regional developments.

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 …

What can Libyans learn from the Kurdish Peshmerga?

Since the Syrian Civil War erupted in March 2011, the Peshmerga have been catapulted to the forefront of the world …

Which heritage sites are IS targeting and why?

Aside from the incalculable loss and displacement of human lives, during the course of conflict, another casualty of war is …

What is Wahhabism and why is it in North Africa?

Over the last two decades, a strand of Islam, relatively unknown to many Westerners, had been brought into sharp focus …

North African millennials need better education

In Islamic tradition, the first divine revelation received by our beloved Prophet Mohammed was ‘Read’, and this was repeated three …

Libya and Egypt’s unique relationship

After Egypt and Libya gained independence in the 1950s, the two respective states maintained a mutually cooperative relationship. With regards …

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 …

The “other” ethnic groups in Libya’s conflict

In February 2011, after popular uprisings, a civil revolution broke out between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those …

Sarraj and postcolonialism in Libya

Fayez al-Sarraj and his new UN backed Government of National Accord (GNA) sailed into Tripoli at the end of last month …

Western governments must crack-down on anti-Arab racism

In “the West”, racist slurs targeted at Arab communities are often passed off as free speech or critical enquiry, and …

Here’s how Sarraj can address women’s issues in Libya

With Sarraj’s arrival in Tripoli, it is important to bear in mind that the rate of any nation’s advancement is …

Sarraj: destined to disappoint

Regardless of what’s happening on the ground in Libya and other North African countries today, we must never lose hope …