Younes Abouayoub of the United Nations discusses interaction between the political situation in Algeria and Libya.
As the most powerful external actor involved in the conflict, Washington’s signals matter. Trump’s call appears to rest on a mistaken but well-trodden narrative, advanced by Haftar’s forces, his Arab backers, and his western sympathizers.
The current crisis is Libya’s worst in half a decade and, potentially, since the 2011 revolution. Unless swift action is taken to end the clashes and return to a political process, the damage may be irreparable.
Libya’s escalating war is changing political realities, necessitating a new framework for conflict resolution and power sharing.
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The United States should be working to help negotiate peace in Libya rather than fanning the flames of another failed war.
In order to secure its economic interests in Libya, Russia is seeking to bolster Haftar’s influence over a future UN-brokered diplomatic settlement.
Libya is sliding toward civil war. How did the country come to this precarious juncture?
The United States cannot solve all of Libya’s manifold problems, but the next several weeks offer a crucial window, and decisive American diplomacy could make all the difference.
The result of Khalifa Haftar’s offensive has been a major shift in the balance of power in Libya.