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A Constitution for Libya: A Futile Debate?

Talking about and discussing a constitution for Libya at this moment may seem a futile exercise. The situation on the ground is such that even the simplest idea of a Libyan State may seem surreal, given the diverse interests battling for control of the country and its resources. Three governments …

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Are Libyan factions being forced to sign a UN deal?

The US, Italy and their allies are trying to press rival Libyan factions into signing a UN-brokered peace deal.

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Statement on a Political Deal for Libya

The International Crisis Group considers the international conference on 13 December in Rome an opportunity to bring together a divided Libya through an inclusive political process. Under the co-chairmanship of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, it will bring together the “P5+5” group that …

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The Prize: Fighting for Libya’s Energy Wealth

Libya’s economic conditions could turn sharply for the worse, as rival authorities vie to control rapidly shrinking national wealth. The struggle affects oil fields, pipelines and export terminals, as well as the boardrooms of national financial institutions. Combined with runaway spending due to corruption and dwindling revenue because of falling …

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IS strengthens its grip in war-torn Libya

With the world’s attention is focused on the Islamic State group’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the organisation has strengthened its grip in Libya.

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LIBYA – Exile or death: violence and collapsed State leave human rights defenders with few options

In Libya, human rights defenders have become prime targets for many armed groups involved in the ongoing civil war, reveals The Observatory in a report published today. Violence, harassment and intimidation are daily occurrences for these defenders, in a climate of impunity resulting from the breakdown of the State. The …

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ANALYSIS: Libya peace talks resume but can UN secure a deal?

The latest round of UN-sponsored Libya peace talks kicked off Wednesday, with the UN special envoy hoping to secure a last-ditch deal before the start of Ramadan.

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Is Libya on the eve of fresh military operations?

The momentum towards the beginning of an Egypt-led coalition operating in Libya may be gaining steam. The launch of full-blown air sorties and special operations could be expected, in what would be a move to enhance General Khalifa Haftar’s “Operation Dignity.”

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Opinion survey across 22 cities shows Libyans optimistic, reject violence and for unity and peaceful rotation of government

An opinion survey conducted in 22 Libyan towns and cities across the political divide showed that an overwhelming number of Libyans were optimistic, believed in the 17 February revolution, in favour of the unity of the country and for a decentralized system of government.

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