Tag Archives | United States

Blackwater Founder to Solve Libyan Migrant Crisis?

By John Lee. The Guardian reports that Erik Prince (pictured), the founder of private military contractor Blackwater, is pushing a plan to intervene in the migrant crisis in Libya with a proposal involving a privately trained police force. He claims his proposal would be a more humanitarian option for the European Union than the current […]

Serraj Opens Embassy in US, Meets Trump and Tillerson

US President Donald Trump met on Friday with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj [Faiez Serraj] to discuss the bilateral relationship between the United States and Libya and opportunities for future partnerships. President Trump underscored the United States’ continued support for the Government of National Accord and the United Nations-facilitated efforts to achieve political reconciliation in […]

NOC to open US Office to support $20bn Spending Prog

By John Lee. National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla has announced the NOC will open an office in Houston, Texas, as it embarks on an ambitious $20 billion spending program to restore production capacity over the next three years. “The Houston office puts America’s world-class equipment manufacturers and oil field service providers at the […]

Hiftar’s Son hires US Lobbying Firm

By John Lee. The son of Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar [Hiftar] has hired a US lobbying firm to “provide political and strategic advocacy activities in the US Congress on behalf of the Hiftar family.” The recently-filed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents state that Benghazi-based Khaled Khalifa Haftar, a Captain in the Libyan National Army (LNA), […]

US Captures Suspect in 2012 Benghazi Attack

By John Lee. US forces have captured a man accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. In a statement, US President Donald Trump said that Mustafa al-Imam “will face justice in the United States for his alleged role” […]

MEPI Student Leaders Program 2018

The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills. The Student Leaders program is a rigorous exchange program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from […]

Libyan Technocrats Agree Principles to Protect Oil Sector

Key Libyan institutions and representatives have agreed a set of principles aimed at reinforcing existing legal protections for the National Oil Corporation (NOC). Representatives of Libya’s National Oil Corporation, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), tribal and municipal representatives, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), major international oil companies, diplomats […]

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program 2018-2019

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is a scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST in countries throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. The YES program allows high school students the opportunity to study for one academic year in the U.S., where they get the chance […]