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In Libya, the Tantalizing Promise of a Unity Government

Yesterday, on March 25, the international peace process aimed at ending Libya’s civil war concluded its latest round of talks in Morocco on schedule. Both sides have agreed to continue the dialogue, despite predictions that it might collapse. This is encouraging news, coming as it does at a moment when …

Haftar holds the key to peace in Libya

The UN Special Envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, announced this week that the factions he gathered in Morocco could be very close to signing a national unity deal leading to a consensus government for which names are being discussed. Yet, regardless of the outcome of those talks, the real kingmaker …

Excerpts and Video: SRSG Leon Addresses the Media on Progress in Libyan Dialogue

We continue to work here in skhirat. As you know, I was out for a few hours in a short trip in which I could visit Tobruk and Tripoli. We had an exchange of views on how to expedite the talks. I had told you, I think in our last …

The Islamic State’s Strategy in Libya

Early media coverage of the Islamic State (IS) in Libya has centered on the group’s swift seizure of territory and the expansion of the caliphate’s authority into an increasingly lawless Libya. Yet IS’s efforts in the North African state have not lived up to these fears, as the organization—once thought …