Libyans demonstrate against election postponement.

Elections Can’t Fix What’s Wrong With Libya

A canceled presidential election might be just what the country needs.


The Negotiators Podcast: The Long Road to Libya’s Election

From civil war to digital dialogues, an insider’s account of the Libyan peace process.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) meets with Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah (R) and head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Manfi (L) during the International conference on Libya  in Paris on Nov. 12.

Rushed Elections in Libya Won’t Bring Peace

The U.N.’s obsession with process is making conflict and instability more likely.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks.

Russia Blocks Brit From U.N. Libya Envoy Role

Diplomatic spats could undermine U.N. position ahead of key national elections.

A man makes a military salute during a memorial service for the victims of the Tigray conflict organized by the city administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.

Can African Leaders End Ethiopia’s War?

As civil war spreads, Kenya and the African Union are trying to broker a cease-fire.

Libyans inspect the site of a car bomb attack.

Libya’s Chaos Is a Warning to the World

Ten years after Qaddafi’s death, Libya is a harbinger of the enduring global disorder to come.


‘The Worst Bloody Job in the World’

U.N. sanctions inspectors feel unsupported and unsafe.

A Russian armored personnel carrier in the Central African Republic

Russia’s Wagner Group Doesn’t Actually Exist

And that makes it all the more challenging to get to grips with.

A Libyan teacher waves the flag of Libya’s former monarchy, which was adopted by anti-Muammar al-Qaddafi forces, at the start of the school year in Tripoli on Sept. 18, 2011.

Could a Monarch Heal Libya?

The country needs a unifying figure. Ahead of elections this year, it’s worth considering a constitutional monarchy.

Journalists and locals gather next to the rubble of buildings in Tripoli, Libya.

NATO Killed Civilians in Libya. It’s Time to Admit It.

The alliance bombing campaign had a devastating toll—but, a decade after the war, leaders have still not taken responsibility.

Israelis clean oil spill off Haifa’s coast.

Will Oil Spill Conspiracy Theories Help Netanyahu Win?

Israeli voters face a toxic sludge and dubious propaganda about Libya and Iran as they head to the polls.

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Foreign Ministry in Khartoum

The Conflict in Libya Is Getting Even Messier

A U.N. report suggests the UAE is using Sudanese fighters to battle the internationally recognized Libyan government.

The Turkish drilling vessel Kanuni arrives for mechanical operations at Haydarpasa Port in Istanbul on Oct. 19, 2020.

What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism.

Members of the Somali military watch as firefighters work to extinguish a blaze after a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 2019.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021

The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.

Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.

Turkey’s Year of Living Dangerously

Turkey took its expansionist vision to new heights in 2020—but with a battered economy, growing opposition, and now U.S. sanctions, it’s not clear how long that can continue.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official ceremony in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019.

Pentagon Says UAE Possibly Funding Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries in Libya

The Defense Department’s inspector general found that the United Arab Emirates is financing Russian Wagner Group mercenaries—just as Trump aims to sell the UAE billions of dollars worth of arms.

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