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Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Libya’s crisis is a tough puzzle to solve for Egypt

Two elements are certain in this complex scenario. Firstly, Cairo will not fall into the trap of being drawn into an open proxy war in Libya, since it might have serious repercussions on the security of its porous borders, especially in the south. Secondly, Haftar’s next moves will effectively define whether the relations have cooled between him and Cairo or whether Libya is facing yet another aftershock in a marriage that is more tactical than strategic.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi and Giuseppe Dentice

Conflict Crisis Management

Tue, Jun 16, 2020

GNA should resist Egypt’s ceasefire proposal for Libya

The GNA has momentum on the ground, but they risk losing the chance to restore a unified Libya if they acquiesce to an Egyptian proposal for what amounts to a ceasefire in place, backed by Russia. This could lead eventually to a dismembered Libya, with the GNA without effective control over its most vital national resources. Instead, the GNA can insist on continuing its relationship with a broad international coalition and talks among Libyans convened under auspices of a United Nations mediator.

New Atlanticist by David Mack

Conflict North Africa

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Black lives also matter in the Arab World

When it comes to the essence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests—the call for an end to systematic and systemic racial discrimination—there is less willingness on the part of many people in the Arab world to acknowledge that such issues also afflict the Gulf, the Levant, and North Africa.

New Atlanticist by Tuqa Nusairat

Human Rights Middle East

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

The Cairo Declaration is a false resolution to Libya’s conflict

The so-called “Cairo Declaration,” backed by General Khalifa Haftar and Libya's parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh, proposes an intra-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict.

Blog Post by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi

Libya Middle East

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Operation Carthage: How a Tunisian company conducted influence operations in African presidential elections

A Tunisia-based company operated a sophisticated digital campaign involving multiple social media platforms and websites in an attempt to influence the country’s 2019 presidential election, as well as other recent elections in Africa. In an exclusive investigation that began in September 2019, the DFRLab uncovered dozens of online assets with connections to Tunisian digital communications firm UReputation. On June 5, 2020, after conducting its own investigation, Facebook announced it had taken down more than 900 assets affiliated with the UReputation operation, including 182 user accounts, 446 pages, and 96 groups, as well as 209 Instagram accounts. The operation also involved the publication of multiple Francophone websites, some going back more than five years.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Andy Carvin, Luiza Bandeira, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Nika Aleksejeva, Alyssa Kann, Kanishk Karan, Ayushman Kaul, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Roman Osadchik, Esteban Ponce de Leon

Africa Disinformation

Thu, May 28, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: Moscow sends combat jets, escalates involvement in oil-rich Libya

In the News

Libya Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, May 8, 2020

The crumbling Haftar illusion: Last call for the international community?

The international community should seize the moment to do everything to stop Haftar’s dictatorial regime.

MENASource by Karim Mezran and Dario Cristiani

Libya North Africa

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis highlights the unique challenges of North African countries

It is important to monitor the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, its effects on each North Africa system, and the debate between government elites and masses to better understand the situation in these countries and the long-term implications of the health crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Emily Burchfield, and Zineb Riboua

Coronavirus Libya

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Why Algeria is suddenly more interested in Libya

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 by Alia Brahimi and Akram Kharief

Libya North Africa

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Bruton quoted in Voice of America on Ethiopia’s rejection of the US-brokered GERD agreement

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Energy & Environment