MENASource May 21, 2021
Libya has a mercenaries problem. It’s time for the international community to step up.
By Alia Brahimi
One of the darker realities of the war in Libya is that the conflict (now in its eleventh year) is powered by layers of actors from outside the contested territory. Libyans have been killed and their country ravaged by foreign soldiers of fortune.
MENASource Mar 6, 2020
Why Algeria is suddenly more interested in Libya
By Alia Brahimi and Akram Kharief
Foreign military interference in Libya has overwhelmed local dynamics, taking on an escalatory logic of its own and marginalizing the inclusive, negotiated solution advanced by Algeria.
MENASource May 16, 2017
Strategic Lessons from the Ejection of ISIS from Sirte
By Dr Alia Brahimi and Jason Pack
Though accompanied by curiously little fanfare, the Obama administration’s most significant victory against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) came not in Iraq or Syria, but in Libya. After eight months of fighting, the coastal city of Sirte was ‘liberated’ in December 2016, by a coalition of forces allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli.
MENASourceDec 21, 2021
At least three of Libya’s presidential candidates may not be fit for the role. Here’s who they are.
By Alia Brahimi
An examination of the most controversial presidential candidates out of a crowded field of ninety-eight reveals some of the complications embedded in the electoral process, and how the polls in Libya could unravel rather than realize its democratic promise.
Dr. Alia Brahimi is a nonresident senior fellow within the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. She previously held several academic positions, as Research Associate in International Relations at the Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford; Research Fellow in Global Security at the London School of Economics of Political Science, where she also managed the North Africa programme; and Visiting Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. She has also worked as a political advisor on policy areas related to the Middle East and North Africa, and has provided expert briefings to several governments.
Alia’s regional expertise lies in the Middle East and North Africa; her thematic interest centers on issues of morality, narratives and conflict. She is the author of Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror (Oxford University Press) and has published widely on jihadism, Islamism, just war theory, ideology and the politics of region, with a focus on Libya. Alia’s work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and edited volumes, and with think tanks such as the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, IISS, and the Carnegie Middle East Center. Her commentary for a wider audience has been published by the Guardian, Foreign Policy, the Telegraph and Al Jazeera, and she appears regularly in the broadcast media.
Alia read for an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She then read for a Master’s (MPhil) and PhD (DPhil) in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she also taught undergraduate and graduate students and completed her postdoctoral research.