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Libyan Civil War Could Drive Away Energy Investment

One thing that keeps uniting the warring factions in the spilling-out-of-control civil war in Libya is crude oil revenues. Despite falling from a high of 1.7 mbd shortly before the toppling of Colonel Qadaffi, oil production hovers around 600,000 bpd today, which is still enough to pay for the subsidies …

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Washington Should Demand Accountability from Libya’s Beleaguered Parliament

With seven months left in its mandate, Libya’s House of Representatives (House) in Tobruk has sent a high-level delegation to Washington this week. Critics of the House continue to demand greater accountability from Libya’s parliament amid mounting concerns of incompetence and corruption as Libya faces a growing threat from the …

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Libya, a priority for Tunisian foreign policy?

The Bardo attack indicates that Tunisia will not be able to remain immune to Libya’s ongoing conflict where two rival governments fight for power and the Islamic State is gaining ground. This neighbouring country continues to be a delicate issue for the Tunisian government.

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Video & Excerpts from SRSG Leon’s Press Conference at the start of Libyan political dialogue in Morocco

Hello to everybody. Hello to all the journalists. It is a pleasure to see you again. And as in previous occasions, we are looking forward to working with you in a good spirit of cooperation. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for being ready to spend some time with us. As …

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The UNSMIL Draft Agreement and International Engagement with Libya

Since UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nominated Mr. Bernardino Leon as the UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in August 2014, stagnant Libyan waters have moved. When he announced the launch of a political dialogue in September 2014, Libyans who lost confidence in …

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HoR delegation in Washington to lobby for US support

As Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni heads to Moscow to rebuild relations with Russia, a delegation of leading members of the House of Representatives (HoR) has flown to Washington for talks with members of the US Congress and Obama administration. The team consists of heads and members of a number of …

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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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