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Sun, Feb 23, 2020

Mezran and Cristiani in The National Interest: Trouble in Tripoli: Why Europe must respond to the ambitions of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar

Every time there is a European conference on Libya, the dominant feeling is the same: the Europeans seem to be more interested in the process—the mere act of bringing stakeholders together to talk—than the outcome. It is less clear whether this talk is actually conducive to any solution that can stop the spiral of violence […]

In the News


Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Ellinas quoted in (German) on gas production in the Eastern Mediterranean

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Bruton quoted in VOA on status of US-brokered GERD talks

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Charai in The National Interest: How to keep Libya from collapsing into chaos

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Sun, Jan 19, 2020

Ellinas in Cyprus Mail: Time for new initiatives in growing East Med energy crisis

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Libya

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Berlin conference: The end of the game?

The upcoming conference could result in the acceptance by all of Haftar’s future role in Libya and the legitimization of his attack against Tripoli. The Berlin conference could be a trap for the GNA, the courageous fighters of Tripoli, and the population of western Libya.

New Atlanticist by Karim Mezran

Conflict Libya

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Mezran and Burchfield quoted in VOA on Libyan political settlement

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya North Africa

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Bryza quoted in Anadolu Agency on Turkey’s interests in Syria, Libya and Eastern Mediterranean

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Energy sector diversification: Meeting demographic challenges in the MENA region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to experience significant demographic growth by 2050, growth which will have to be met with commensurate economic expansion and job opportunities, or the region will risk an increase in political instability. To meet this challenge, countries in the region must diversify their economies beyond the energy sector and expand their energy sector beyond hydrocarbons. What are the key trends that MENA countries will have to contend with, what is already being done, and what further steps should be taken?

Report by Bina Hussein

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

The context of today’s Libyan crisis and what to watch for

On April 4, 2019, troops led by Khalifa Haftar, a former general of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi who now contests the authority of the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord (GNA) seated in Tripoli, launched an attack against the Libyan capital. The real reasons for staging such an attack on that specific day are still unclear.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Emily Burchfield

Libya Politics & Diplomacy