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China's Balancing Act in Libya

By Frederic Wehrey and Sandy Alkoutami, for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Among the bevy of great and middle powers involved in Libya, China is often neglected. It is not pouring in mercenaries or conducting […]

How to Stop Libya’s Collapse

By Frederic Wehrey and Jalel Harchaoui. In April 2019, Khalifa Haftar, the militia commander whose forces control much of eastern Libya, began an assault on the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to topple the country’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA). But instead of a swift, decisive victory establishing Haftar as Libya’s undisputed leader, […]

Is Libya Finally Ready for Peace?

By Frederic Wehrey and Jalel Harchaoui. ity Libyans for the pageantry of their international summits. Over the years, at palaces, resorts, and hotels across several continents, the country’s factional leaders have met, shepherded by earnest-looking Western ministers and heads of state. Action plans are laid out and deadlines set. The participants emerge with verbal promises of […]

A Place of Distinctive Despair

By Frederic Wehrey and Emad Badi. Among the conflict-scarred pockets of Libya’s fractured landscape, the central coastal city of Sirte is a place of distinctive despair. Strategically located at the western edge of the country’s petroleum-rich “oil crescent,” it sits on the fault-line of Libya’s opposing factional forces. For many in the West, however, it […]