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 stage. The Iraqi Kurdish armed forces have become celebrated internationally as one...

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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...

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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 the destruction of religious and cultural heritage sites due to their symbolic...

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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 as a result of an increasing number of attacks on global cities, as...

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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...

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