Financial Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh on the urgent need for a political and economic strategy for combating ISIS in Libya:
There is no time to waste, said Mohamed Eljarh, a Libyan analyst at the Middle East Centre of the Atlantic Council. Settling Libya’s political problems may come too late to prevent a slide into the grip of Isis. “The threat cannot be overstated,” he said. “We have seen what they can do in Syria and Iraq in a short time.
“But air strikes could still prove counterproductive if there isn’t a comprehensive strategy to deal with the aftermath with a complete plan to secure borders, prevent the flow of weapons and put in place economic and political strategies.”