Articles on North Africa

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.

How Italy was marginalised in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Giampaolo - 17 January 2020

Italy has achieved little through independent diplomacy in Libya. It may have more success by acting within a European framework.

How to repair Europe’s credibility in Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 16 January 2020

European countries and the EU can still use the strength of their diplomatic assets to reassert their influence in Libya. But they will first need to overcome their internal divisions to do so.      

Turkey in Libya: Filling the European vacuum (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 17 December 2019

Europeans could still keep Libya a multilateral affair, if they can bring France onto a shared platform – and deploy newfound unity to draw American influence back in.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Germany’s quiet leadership on the Libyan war (Commentary)

René Wildangel & Tarek Megerisi - 20 November 2019

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.