Tag Archives | Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

From Militias to Mafias – Tripoli’s Militia Cartels

A new research paper from the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) says that a handful of local militias have gradually brought much of Tripoli under their control growing into criminal networks straddling business, politics, and the administration. Author Wolfram Lacher (pictured) adds that the pillaging of state funds now benefits a narrower group than at […]

Panel Discussion: Can Libya Step Back from the Abyss?

Panel Discussion: Can Libya Step Back from the Abyss? Chatham House, London 16th March, 2016, 18:00-19:00 Participants Mary Fitzgerald, Journalist Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst, Libya, International Crisis Group Wolfram Lacher, Middle East and Africa Associate, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Chair: Elham Saudi, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme and Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham […]

New Report on Jihadism in Africa

A new research paper from the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) says that the transnational terrorism of the twenty-first century feeds on local and regional conflicts, without which most terrorist groups would never have appeared in the first place. Jihadism in Africa – Local Causes, Regional Expansion, International Alliances,  adds that understanding the specific conditions […]

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 […]

New Report on Current Libyan Crisis

Escalating power struggles are driving Libya’s transitional process towards collapse, according to a new report from Wolfram Lacher (pictured), a Research Fellow at Germany’s Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). He says that under the rallying cry of fighting terrorism, disparate political forces are seeking to suspend the transitional framework. “They have no viable alternative to […]