Libya

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Nearly There, but Never Further Away

Europe has outsourced the dirty work of border control to Libyan militias. In doing so, it has turned African migrants into commodities to be captured, sold, and traded like slaves.

LAMPEDUSA, ITALY - MAY 19: A man is helped off a small rubber boat by crew members from NGO Sea-Eye on May 19, 2017 in international waters off the coast of Libya.  (Photo by Christian Marquardt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Savior’s Dilemma

Are naval search-and-rescue operations saving migrants’ lives — or just encouraging them to take greater risks?

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All for Nothing

Migrants who fail to reach Europe face humiliation, isolation, and impoverishment at home.

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Inside Putin’s Libyan Power Play

The Kremlin is trying to prove it can succeed where Washington failed in ending the country's slide into chaos.

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Why Did Several Arab Countries Suddenly Cut Ties With Qatar?

On the heels of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, that country and others cut Gulf ties.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni speaks to the Italian media at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Italy Get Trump to Care About Fixing Libya?

Paolo Gentiloni's visit to Washington provides an opportunity for Donald Trump to heed an ally's advice.

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, sit on an amoured personnel carrier (APC) during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Tobruk-based government (recognised by the international community) said in a statement that world powers were using "double standards" by fighting IS in Syria and Iraq and "turning a blind eye" to the presence of the jihadists in Libya.   AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Nixes Former White House Aide for Top U.N. Job in Libya

The Trump administration’s torpedoing of a former Palestinian prime minister as U.N. envoy to Libya may have boomeranged on the White House.

Yemeni loyalist forces patrol a highway near the Red Sea port town of Mocha on January 20, 2017. / AFP / SALEH AL-OBEIDI        (Photo credit should read SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Sources: Pentagon’s New Look at Yemen Effort; Mattis’ Letter to White House; Generals Want More in Somalia

Mosul Air Strike Blowback; U.S. Troops Blend into Mosul Fight; NATO Worried about Russia in Libya as U.S. Keeps Troops There; And Lots More

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Libya Can’t Save Itself

As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, sit on an amoured personnel carrier (APC) during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Tobruk-based government (recognised by the international community) said in a statement that world powers were using "double standards" by fighting IS in Syria and Iraq and "turning a blind eye" to the presence of the jihadists in Libya.   AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

Rome is trying to shape the future of its onetime colony, but may get elbowed aside by local strongmen and their foreign partners.

NASIRIYAH, IRAQ - DECEMBER 18:  Specialist Dante Battle from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division secures the perimeter outside of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle on the way to cross the Kuwaiti border as part of the last U.S. military convoy to leave Iraq on December 18, 2011 near Nasiriyah, Iraq. All U.S. troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by December 31st, 2011. At least 4,485 U.S. military personnel died in service in Iraq. According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence. (Photo by Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)

The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017

It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict.

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Libya’s Hollow Victory Over the Islamic State

Libyans are about to win a long-awaited victory over the Islamic State. So why does no one feel like celebrating?

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  President-elect Donald Trump (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘America First’ Is the Twilight of American Exceptionalism

In more ways than liberals care to admit, Trump’s foreign policy might look like Obama’s. That’s not a good thing.

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