Tag Archives | Small Arms Survey

Who is Fighting Whom in Tripoli?

Khalifa Haftar’s offensive to take Tripoli, Libya’s capital and largest city, has stalled. Launched in April 2019, the campaign has triggered the largest mobilization of fighters in western Libya since the revolution of 2011. It has also provoked new rifts within and between communities, and is preparing the ground for future political struggles. Who is […]

Libyan Women trained on Weapons Awareness by the UN

11 Libyan Women trained on Small Arms and Light Weapons Awareness by the UN The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently involved 11 women from across Libya in a workshop aimed at enhancing trainees’ capacity to spread Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) awareness messages in their home communities. This event was kindly supported […]

The Online Trade of Light Weapons in Libya

A study by the Small Arms Survey finds that the revolution in Libya, and its aftermath, have paved the way for a large illicit arms trade to emerge. Many of the players in this new market have begun to use new technologies to hawk their wares, with online sales via social media platforms being one […]

New Report on Hybrid Security Sector

A new paper just published utilizes field-based research and interviews in order to examine the rise and fall of hybrid security sector institutions in Libya. The report — Politics by Other Means: Conflicting Interests in Libya’s Security Sector, by Wolfram Lacher (pictured) and Peter Cole — focuses on three major institutions in particular: the army, the […]