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The rise of ISIS is a symptom, not a cause, of Libya’s woes

In the early hours of Monday morning, a bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. A few hours before that, gunmen attacked the South Korean embassy in the city. Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by Islamic State militants. This follows other …

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The only cure for Libya is diplomacy, military restraint and patience

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is implementing its strategy of atrocities with gruesome skill. After Iraq and Syria, the group is using Libya to force outside states to react on the basis of emotions, not strategic thinking. The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians persuaded Egypt to bomb …

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After Misrata, now GNC back peddles on Skhirat Dialogue

Following fast on the heels of Monday’s warning from Misrata Municipal Council that it could withdraw from the UN-brokered dialogue because of what it claimed was the “other side’s” lack of commitment to it, the GNC is now making the same threat. In Tripoli, Mohamed Emazab, one of the four …

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Four Paths for Libya’s Future

UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon is still trying to herd the scattered Libyan cats of all political shades around the table in Morocco. Leon hopes to negotiate a peace treaty of sorts, put an end to the fighting, and establish a unity government that can keep the country …

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Libya: A tale of two governments

More than four years since the start of Libya’s revolution, the country’s two competing governments are entangled in a violent, nationwide power struggle, targeting Libya’s lucrative oil sector, which produces most of the country’s wealth, and other valuable assets, such as airports and borders.

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Rival Libyan PM rejects dismissal

The Prime Minister of Libya’s rival Tripoli-based government Omar Al-Hassi has said he will not accept his dismissal unless his “revolutionary partners” agree. Hassi was dismissed on Tuesday by the parliament in the capital – the General National Congress (GNC). Parliamentary spokespeople said the move came after it received reports …

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Libya: What went wrong since 2011?

ECFR Policy Fellow, Mattia Toaldo, speaks to journalist and analyst Mary Fitzgerald, and Libyan politician Guma El-Gamaty about the lessons that have been learned in 2011 and whether international intervention in Libya would be a good idea.

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