Libya

People inspect the damage inside a building following a rocket attack by forces loyal to eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar.

The Libyan Civil War Is About to Get Worse

None of the parties involved is serious about reaching a political settlement, meaning the conflict could kill many more this year.

Asylum seekers evacuated from Libya gather at the Gashora Emergency Transit Center during a visit by permanent representatives of the African Union in Bugesera district, southeast of Rwanda's capital, Kigali, on Oct. 23, 2019.

Europe’s Harsh Border Policies Are Pushing Refugees All the Way to Rwanda

EU funds for Libyan militias forced thousands of migrants into dangerous Libyan detention centers. Now, after being evacuated, some of them are stuck as far away as Rwanda—with no idea if they will ever be resettled.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greece Accidentally Steered Into a Foreign-Policy Crisis

Turkey is redrawing its borders in the Aegean—and the Greek government is failing to do much about it.

Migrants in a detention center in Libya

Italy’s Failed Migration Fix Has Led to Chaos in Libya

Despite pushing policies that are politically naive and disastrous for human rights in North Africa, Italian politicians keep getting promoted in Brussels.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (right) meets with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar (left) in Athens, Greece, on Jan. 17, 2020, ahead of a peace conference in Berlin aimed at ending the civil war in Libya.

Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe

Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.

1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut

The Best Deep Dives in 2019

Essential reads from the Arctic Circle to Xinjiang.

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala, left, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu

Newly Aggressive Turkey Forges Alliance With Libya

Erdogan’s latest bid to reshape the Mediterranean provides military support to Tripoli against Russian-backed rebels.

Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists wave the flag of East Turkestan during an anti-China protest.

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The international community responds to the detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang, Pope Francis's visit to indigenous communities angers right-wing Bolivians, and Russian mercenaries are on the ground in Libya.

An armed Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat after the interception of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe near the coastal town of Zawiyah on June 27, 2017.

The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability

In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home.

Migrants at a detention center in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, on June 17, 2017.

The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya

The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.

A Libyan flag is seen outside an oil refinery in Zawiya on Sept. 23, 2011.

Outsiders’ Battle to Rebuild Libya Is Fueling the Civil War There

In competing for lucrative reconstruction contracts, China, Italy, France, Russia, and others are preventing the conflict from ending.

Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.

Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa

The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.

Libyans gather during the funeral of fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord in the capital of Tripoli on April 24.

The Evolution of a Russian Troll

Alexander Malkevich, whose employees were detained in Libya, is part of Moscow’s efforts to create a “concert of chaos” around the globe.

Muslim worshippers walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Aug. 17, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca

The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj. 

An asylum-seeker from Mauritania looks through the bars of a fence at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on May 31.

Why Record Numbers of African Migrants Are Showing Up at the U.S.-Mexican Border

Europe’s failure to help refugees in Libya is driving them across the Atlantic.

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