Tag Archives: Libya

Pakistan’s Yemen Dilemma

Pakistan is in a Catch-22 situation, damned if it joins the Saudi-led so-called “Sunni Coalition” and damned if it does not.

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Growing Food Trade, Shrinking Self-Sufficiency

Growing demand for food and fuel has put pressure on the world’s agricultural lands to produce more. Now, a trend in “land grabbing” has emerged, as wealthy countries lease or buy farms and agribusiness in poorer countries to ensure their own future supplies.

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Life Inside Libya’s Benghazi War Zone

A blogger shares the day-to-day struggles for a safer life in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. The port city has been scene of intense fighting between Libya's rival militias since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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Inside Libya’s Ghost Town

Ongoing UN-led talks in Geneva aimed at ending Libya's civil war appear to be faltering, with one side of the conflict partially boycotting the talks. On the front line, one small town has become the battle ground for the fight for both Libya's oil and its soul.

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New Anchors for US-Egypt Relations

Top US policymakers increasingly speak of Egypt as a problem to be managed, their attention focused on avoiding the worst-case outcomes of state collapse. The past four years have taken a serious toll on U.S.-Egypt ties. But 2015 offers potential opportunities, requiring the two countries to learn some lessons from the past and to look to the future.

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Libya’s Sidelined IDPs

In August 2011, Misrata militias entered the Libyan town of Tawergha and burnt it to the ground, causing 42,000 Tawerghans to flee. Three years on, an estimated 35,000 of those IDPs are still sheltering in temporary camps in Tripoli and Benghazi.

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Who Will Make the Middle East’s New Map?

The U.S. wants countries like Iraq and Syria to remain unified failing which it fears complicated new realities will emerge. But those complications are already here

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Libya Aid Push Constrained by Insecurity

International organizations have put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 Libyans by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, given the security risks, access issues and communication problems in the war-ravaged country.

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Libya: The House of Cards Has Collapsed

Ever since Gaddafi’s exit from the Libyan, the country has been a state in name alone, held together by a delicate balancing act of rival militias. But even this is now beginning to unravel, with devastating consequences for the country – and, potentially, for the rich Gulf petro-states who are watching these developments with barely-disguised terror. And unfortunately for them, no amount of unilateral airstrikes are likely to help.

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Libya is Literally on Fire

Following the fall of longtime dictator Moammar al-Qaddafi in 2011, the Libyan government’s security forces have been practically non-existent, leaving the turmoil-ridden country to rely on the former rebel groups that banded together to oust Qaddafi for protection. In practice, this has lead to continuing factionalism between the brigades that make up the militias and frequent quarreling with the government.

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