Mar. 11, 2015

“Arab countries have made measurable progress over the past few decades in gender equality, especially in education and health, but these strides have not translated into more gains in the economic life of the region. In the wake of International Women’s Day on March 8 and the post-Arab Spring economic troubles that plague the region, both Arab and international policymakers could use a reminder…”

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Mar. 05, 2015

“Over the last 100 years, the Arab world has been shaped and defined more by its oil resources and revenues than any other factor. From the early twentieth century up until the present time, the region has both breathed and bled oil. It has been responsible for almost all aspects of its social, economic, and political life. Both its international and domestic public policies have been singularly determined by the reserves, exports, and revenues of oil…”

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Mar. 30, 2015

Of course, actual failure to reach an agreement will not mean that the UN will announce it or that it will abandon public efforts. That never happens. For reference, see the ongoing optical illusion of the international community’s ostensible attempt at “continuing efforts” in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and every hot spot…

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Feb. 19, 2015

On February 17, Libya marked four years since the uprising that toppled Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and ignited the country’s civil war. The war that began as a fight between two camps — Gaddafi and his supporters against other Libyans who were determined to topple him with the help of Nato forces — is now a war between an endless number of militias and gangs…

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Feb. 13, 2015

Beyond domestic political considerations and new revelations of what happened in 2011, the questions before the US and its European allies now are: What do these revelations mean? Why is Libya still important? What should we do about it?

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Will Libya survive Gaddafi legacy and chaos?

Dec. 01, 2013

…Libya seems to, unfortunately, descend into that very fragmentations I feared then, and is reverting back, in the absence of the brute force of the Gaddafi regime, into a patchwork of tribal and regional affiliations, and even criminal networks of arms, drugs, and…

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Mar. 16, 2015

UN Special Envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, has been trying to herd the scattered Libyan politicians of all political shades around the table in order to negotiate a peace treaty of sorts, put an end to the fighting, and establish a unity government that can keep the country together…

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Mar. 25, 2015

The issue of unity government involves the usual haggling over who gets what and who should head it. More important, having seen the documents being discussed myself, is the absence of any clear and detailed road map of who does what and when…

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The rise and rise of Libya’s rogue general

Mar. 4, 2015

On Monday, Libya’s House of Representatives, whose legitimacy has been questioned since the day it was elected by a mere 15 percent of the country’s eligible voters, decided to add more gasoline to the already raging fire that is the four-year civil war in the country…

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Feb. 27, 2015

The time of stability at the cost of freedom and democracy are over in too many parts of the region, replaced with neither security nor stability, but rather with upheaval and uncertainty. We see fires spreading and encircling a very fragile region…

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Aug. 31, 2011

“… as a priority, it must be made clear that everyone in society, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and politics – and yes, that must include former Gaddafi officials who have no blood on their hands – must be allowed a role in government. The worst thing Libya can do now is repeat the de-Ba’athification mistake of post-Saddam Iraq. The Arab saying of “I am with my brother against my cousin, and with my cousin against a stranger” will not help Libya…”

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Aug. 09, 2016

“Economic stabilization in Libya can only be built on a foundation of trust,” said Hafed Al Ghwell, Former World Bank Advisor and member of the Council’s Board of Directors, during his talk on the multiple financial and economic challenges facing Libya today…

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Mar. 30, 2016

Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center, Hafed al-Ghwell told IBTimes UK he feared the arrival of the government of national unity would bring division to Tripoli.

“My fear is we may end up with two Tripolis instead of one Libya,” he said. “It is clear this supposed unity and national accord government has managed to become a divisive and…”

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Jan. 09, 2016

In an interview with IBTimes UK Ghwell explained by not including former regime members, the international community was only making them more likely to dismantle the peace process. He added it was no coincidence IS’s power was currently being projected from Sirte, the last city held by the regime during the revolutionary war.

“You plant the future cycle of violence and that has already happened with the Daesh appearance in Sirte…”

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