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Fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar

The Coronavirus Could Heal Libya

The pandemic might prompt the kind of cooperation needed to end the country’s civil war, after years of fighting and foreign intervention failed.

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.

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.

Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Aug. 22.

2019: A Year of Global Protest

Even as right-wing forces took hold in many places around the world, grassroots democracy proved itself alive and well.

An Algerian protester holds up a red card during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers on Dec. 11.

Algeria’s Election Won’t Save Its Democracy

In the presidential vote this week, citizens looking for change will have few good options to pick from.

An Algerian woman protests during a demonstration in Algiers.

After 8 Months on the Streets, Protesters in Algeria Aren’t Giving Up

Citizens have been promised new elections. But they are looking for more fundamental change.

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.

China’s Global Investments Are Declining Everywhere Except for One Region

Three charts highlight Beijing’s growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa.

A Libyan woman hits a photo of strongman Khalifa Haftar with her shoe during a demonstration in Tripoli on April 19.

Trump’s Support for Haftar Won’t Help Libya

The United States should be working to help negotiate peace rather than fanning the flames of another failed war. 

Forces loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan Government of National Accord drive through Tripoli’s old international airport on April 8. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Controls Libya’s Airports Controls Libya

The battle for control over critical infrastructure shows who might win the civil war.

Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

An Algerian man holds the national flag during a demonstration in the center of the capital Algiers on March 11, after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an April 18 election, following weeks of protests.

The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn’t Finished

The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters’ victory won’t be complete without a genuine democratic transition.

Tourists and Tunisians take part in a ceremony on July 3, 2015, in memory of those killed the previous week by a jihadist gunman in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fight Against Terror Needs Better Data

The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.

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Dozens of Coptic Christians Gunned Down in Egypt Attack

The latest in a spate of attacks in Egypt against Christians.

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.

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For Trump and El-Sisi, Counterterrorism Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Trump voices unqualified support for El-Sisi. Egyptian leader compliments Trump’s “unique personality.”

<> on March 10, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya.

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.

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