MENASourceJan 8, 2020
The context of today’s Libyan crisis and what to watch for
By Karim Mezran, Emily Burchfield
On April 4, 2019, troops led by Khalifa Haftar, a former general of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi who now contests the authority of the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord (GNA) seated in Tripoli, launched an attack against the Libyan capital. The real reasons for staging such an attack on that specific day are still unclear.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionNov 26, 2019
How the exclusion of women has cost Libya
By Emily Burchfield
Libya experts frequently call for greater inclusion of civil society and local governance leaders in peace-building efforts in order for the peace process to be more representative of ordinary Libyans. And yet, Libyan women’s powerful role in civil society and the fact that they make up half of the population of “ordinary Libyans” is often overlooked.
ReportOct 8, 2019
The MENA region: A great power competition
By Karim Mezran and Arturo Varvelli
The idea of a ‘Russian resurgence' in the Middle East set against a perceived American withdrawal has captured the attention of policymakers and scholars alike, warranting further examination.
Emily Burchfield was an assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, where she managed a wide range of projects aimed at promoting peace and security through scholarship and engagement. Her research focused primarily on civil conflict, its regional implications, and its impact on US foreign policy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Middle East Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Previously a program assistant at the Atlantic Council focusing on Syria, she also has experience as a researcher focused on political, security, and humanitarian developments in Iraq, and working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees in both Jordan and the United States. She has co-authored and edited Atlantic Council reports including The MENA Region: A Great Power Competition, The Future of Northeast Syria, and The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region. A frequent contributor to Atlantic Council blogs MENASource and SyriaSource, her analysis has also been published in World Politics Review, RealClearDefense, The National Interest, Georgetown Security Studies Review, and regional outlets.