Articles on Libya

Russia in Libya: War or Peace? (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 02 August 2017

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilisation on Europe’s southern border.

Does the road to stability in Libya pass through Cairo? (Commentary)

Adel Abdel Ghafar & Mattia Toaldo - 05 June 2017

Ultimately, the road to stability in Libya does pass through Cairo, but most importantly through Tripoli and Misrata.

Libya, the time to avoid escalation is now (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo & Karim Mezran - 18 March 2017

The alternative is the resumption of fighting at the levels of summer 2014, which led to the establishment of ISIS in the country.

The EU deal with Libya on migration: a question of fairness and effectiveness (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 14 February 2017

Whether the new EU migration agreement will work and whether it will respect migrants’ rights is an open question with the answer likely to be no.

Why a refugee deal with Libya is a bad idea (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 24 January 2017

The Maltese plan is less about managing migration and more about reducing the numbers arriving in Europe at any cost.

Is the sky falling on Libya? (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 23 September 2016

The ink is barely dry on a new joint statement on Libya. But already the roadmap is under threat from developments on the ground. 

After Warsaw: A 3-point plan to manage migration through Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 12 July 2016

Adding NATO to Operation Sophia is unlikely to substantially change the picture – though it won’t hurt. Instead, in the coming months the EU should focus on three policy baskets.

Make Libya a priority (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 18 February 2016

Germany has a lot to lose if the situation in Libya turns sour, but a lot to gain if diplomacy is given the support to succeed

March to Folly 2.0: The Next Western Military Intervention in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 02 February 2016

Without a political strategy for Libya, military intervention may do more harm than good

Libya's migrant-smuggling highway: Lessons for Europe (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 10 November 2015

How the lessons of Libya can help European policymakers respond to the wider migration crisis.