Articles on North Africa

Why the war in Libya is a test for Italy – and for a geopolitical European Commission (Commentary)

Marta Dassù - 30 June 2020

If Italy was the front facing east during the cold war, then today it is vulnerable to the south: the country has been drawn into a geopolitical competition that looms over the Strait of Sicily.

Italy’s chance in Libya (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli & Tarek Megerisi - 16 June 2020

The tide of Libya’s war is turning against renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Italy should seize this opportunity to lead European countries to a harmonised Libya policy.

It’s Turkey’s Libya now (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 20 May 2020

European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength.

Undiplomatic: The risks of Germany’s ban on Hizbullah (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 06 May 2020

There will be little prospect of economic stabilisation and political compromise in Lebanon if the EU isolates one of the country’s major political forces.

The EU’s ‘Irini’ Libya mission: Europe’s Operation Cassandra (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 03 April 2020

Europe’s latest move seems likely to marginalise it and damage its credibility as an honest broker.

Why the 'ignored war' in Libya will come to haunt a blinkered west (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 25 March 2020

Europe seems unconcerned by the chaos smouldering on its doorstep, as Libya’s five-year-old conflict becomes world’s main theatre of drone combat.

Upholding values abroad: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo - 03 March 2020

Italy and the EU should not assume that a concerted campaign to release George Zaki is doomed to failure.

Make-believe in the Med: Europe’s new Libya mission (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 20 February 2020

Without aerial power, the ‘new Operation Sophia’ will simply upset Turkey and encourage the UAE and Haftar to go for total victory in Tripoli.

Reboot time: Operation Sophia and Italy’s tortuous Libya policy (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli - 07 February 2020

A new mandate for Operation Sophia could be just what the Italian government is looking for – but much will depend on what the lead players in Libya do next.