Libya’s Islamists and Their Qatari Backers Under the Gun

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Theodore Karasik Six years ago, Qatar’s “pro-Arab Spring” foreign policy helped shape Libyan history. As a member of the NATO-led military intervention against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Qatar attacked the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’s targets with its… Continue Reading  

Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a press conference in Amman, Jordan, 24 August 2015.       ANSA /JAMAL NASRALLAH

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted. The power vacuum left by the former regime’s… Continue Reading  

Will Trump and Putin See Eye-to-Eye on Libya?

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner As a result of Russia’s decisive military intervention in the Syrian crisis, the Kremlin is now pursuing an increasingly influential role across the Arab world. It is now eyeing Libya as well. Although Russia… Continue Reading  

Federalism and Regionalism in the Middle East, Not Territorial Disintegration

Sykes-Picot-Map

by Shireen Hunter Since the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, which exacerbated Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian divisions and the manipulation of these divisions by regional and international actors, centrifugal tendencies in Iraq have become quite strong. For example,… Continue Reading  

Whack-a-Terrorist in Libya

6548099125_47ab679115_z

by Paul R. Pillar The “next front against Islamic State,” as a headline in The Economist puts it, appears to be Libya. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, had talks last month with his… Continue Reading