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Libya: Armed chaos and dividing spheres of power

Libya is witnessing armed chaos and division of regions as well as cities, while battles and conflicts are occurring between extremist militias and the Libyan army near Libyan cities. A lot of militias spread in Libya; all of them were formed after the fall of Gaddafi’s regime. The major armament …

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Gender and State Building in Libya: Towards a Politics of Inclusion

The Libyan Revolution marks a watershed moment in Libyan history and more specifically in the history of women’s participation in the public space. Women were at the forefront of the demonstrations as protestors, medical workers, and aid providers, as well as organizing behind-the-scenes and in the diaspora calling for political …

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The Constitutional Battle over Libya's Identity

This past December, the Constituent Assembly of Libya published a draft of preliminary suggestions and ideas concerning the constitution so that Libyans could discuss them and provide their opinions before a referendum in March. While there were no obvious flaws in the form of the draft, the language and content …

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The Constitutional Battle over Libya’s Identity

This past December, the Constituent Assembly of Libya published a draft of preliminary suggestions and ideas concerning the constitution so that Libyans could discuss them and provide their opinions before a referendum in March. While there were no obvious flaws in the form of the draft, the language and content …

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Civil society struggles for greater role in Libya’s transition

As the conditions for Libyan activists are deteriorating, civil society fighters, refusing to be silenced, mobilise from abroad. One of them is Shahrazad Magrabi, whose initiative Libyan Women Forum is aiming to empower Libyan grassroots movements with a special focus on women. “The civil society in Libya is gaining momentum,” …

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Searching for Stability: The Arab Barometer Surveys a Divided Libya​

Drawing from an Arab Barometer survey undertaken in March and April 2014, Fathi Ali and Michael Robbins document the evolution of Libyans’ opinions on their country’s institutions, desired political system, and their self-perception in relation to other regional and global actors.  

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Global Peace Index 2014 – Libya ranks 133 out of 162 countries

The GPI ranks the nations of the world according to 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. The index measures levels of internal and external conflict, safety of citizens, and levels of militarisation. The lower the score, the more peaceful the country.

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