Mohamed Eljarh

Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Mohamed Eljarh

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Mohamed Eljarh is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and an associate expert at the Sahel-Maghreb Research Platform hosted by the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen.

He is a political analyst whose work on Libya provides crucial local knowledge and analysis about the developing political and security situation in the country. He has advised and briefed a number of NGO, business, and political delegations visiting post-revolutionary Libya. He also acts as a Libya specialist for a number of International NGOs and entities working on Libya.

He worked briefly as political consultant to the Libyan Mission to the EU in Brussels in 2015, and works as a Libya consultant for a number of international security and political risk consultancies. From 2014 to 2016, Eljarh served as the Libya consultant for the UK Special Envoy to Libya, Jonathan Powell, advising him on political and security issues.

He is the author of the Libya chapter for the Washington Institute series: Beyond Islamists and Autocrats. Eljarh's latest work is between a civil war and Western intervention (Chapter in Alkebsi, Brown, Sparre (eds.), Reconstructing the Middle East: Political and Economic Policy, UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series, Routledge, 2017). Eljarh is an invited expert speaker on Libyan affairs at international conferences, seminars and panels. 

His writing has been published extensively in a number of outlets including Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and He is also a regular contributor to Foreign Policy's Transitions blog Eljarh, and wrote a weekly column on Libya for over two years in the Magazin’es Democracy Lab. He is also a frequent expert commentator on international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, Sky News, and al-Arabiya, among others. 

He currently resides in Libya.