Articles on Libya

Libya elections 2018: the missing ingredient (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 01 June 2018

Hurrying Libyans to an early vote could prove counter-productive unless European powers unify and take action on problems now

Libya after Haftar? (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 18 April 2018

Haftar’s weakening position will have ramifications for the stability of Eastern Libya, the activities of regional states that have based their policy on him, and on the diplomatic efforts to unify Libya’s fragmented political and security actors.

Libya's rebounding oil sector critical to stabilization (Commentary)

Tareq Baconi - 13 March 2018

Critically, the Central Bank must become more transparent when it comes to the management of Libya’s oil wealth.

Misunderstanding migration in North and West Africa (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 05 December 2017

A shocking report on the apparent slave trade in migrants trapped in Libya has focused European attention on combatting smugglers. But ‘cracking down’ on migrant networks is not the answer.

Still wanted: New approaches to migration for Europe (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 08 September 2017

The recent high-level Paris meeting on managing migration from Africa still falls far short of resolving the issue.

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.