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Moscow’s Maghreb Moment

For the last decade and a half, Russia has sought to regain influence in North Africa. To strengthen its presence in a region that more commonly interacts with the United States and the European Union (EU), Moscow has shown an ability to seize opportunities through military cooperation, energy diplomacy, and …

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Two-way mistrust hinders Libyan rivals’ meeting in Paris

On July 25, 2017, at a serene historical site just outside Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a rare meeting between Libyan rivals, namely Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) who has the military upper hand in eastern Libya, and Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of …

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Deteriorating humanitarian situation in Derna: Report

Since July 2017, the eastern Libyan city of Derna has been subject to tight military encirclement. The closure of access points has made it difficult to supply markets, banks and health facilities, which has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation for those remaining in the city, a report released last …

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Russia eyes deeper economic engagement in Libya

As Russia tries to wrap things up in Syria, it’s moving ahead with plans for Libya. Managers of top international companies, national leaders and opinion-makers of all sorts gathered last week for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia. Among a dozen public and closed panels, one session was dedicated to Libya’s reintegration into …

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The EU response to the Libyan crisis: shallow impact with a short-term vision

Seven years after the Arab uprisings, Libya’s deinstitutionalization of the established order is far from being a success story. In 2011, the ‘Arab Spring’ events were a surprise to the EU, its member states and western organizations. With the outbreak of the protests, the EU was forced to face the …

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‘He destroyed us’: Haftar renews attack on Libya’s forgotten city

The death toll in Derna continues to climb as food and medical supplies run short, weeks after Libyan general Khalifa Haftar launched his offensive to seize the long-besieged Libyan city, the last stronghold of opposition to his forces in the country’s east.

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Libya’s radical Madkhalists are the latest threat

It is nine o’clock in the morning when Khaled al Bouri walks with his son Mohammed through the rubble of their home in the Giza district of Sirte. Giza was a populous neighbourhood in Gaddafi’s hometown, and in 2015 was chosen by the local Islamic State group franchise to become the …

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