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The Right Leaders Are Libya's Best Hope for Stability

Sasha Toperich | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Sasha Toperich

The success of the proposed government of national accord for Libya will to a great degree depend not only on active foreign support from governments and institutions of the UN, U.S. and EU, but on Libyans choosing the right leaders for their government.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

Time to Take Sides in North Africa's Jihadist Fight

Daniel Nisman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel Nisman

Nearly two months after President Obama first vowed to eradicate the Islamic State terrorist group in its Levantine stronghold, this internationally-diagnosed cancer is spreading in North Africa. As the West struggles to roll back three years of an errant hands-off policy in Syria and Iraq, no leader has the luxury to ignore this threat without consequence.

Can Democrats and Jihadists Coexist in Tunisia?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Tunisia has been spared the large-scale human rights abuses and chaotic turmoil of the other post-Arab Spring states, a growing al Qaeda presence threatens to destabilize the country and undermine the democratic aspirations that fueled the Jasmine Revolution.

The Terror Diaspora

Nick Turse | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Ten years after Washington began pouring taxpayer dollars into counterterrorism and stability efforts across Africa, the continent has experienced profound changes, just not those the U.S. sought.

Tensions With Tunisia's Jihadists: Who Will Blink First?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

Tunisia's jihadists have made their stance perfectly clear regarding their refusal to compromise with any push toward liberal democracy. The ball is now solely in the court of the moderate Islamists currently holding Tunisia's seat of power.

Benghazi -- Truth vs. Politics

Joshua S. Goldstein | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Joshua S. Goldstein

Call me old-fashioned but I still believe that truth and falsehood exist; that with some effort a nation's policymaking and political establishment can determine one from the other

Libyans Disillusioned With Government

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 10.28.2012 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya -- The protesters converged on the conference center housing Libya's newly elected congress, trying to force their way in past startled...

Truth of Benghazi Emails: Smoking Gun or Fog of War?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

A more realistic scenario takes into account the confusion that seems to have clearly ensued during and immediately after the attack, as Reuters also reports: "Intelligence experts caution that initial reports from the scene of any attack or disaster are often inaccurate."

Libyan Authorities Reportedly Identify Commander Of Embassy Attack | Posted 10.17.2012 | World

CAIRO — Libyan authorities have singled out Ahmed Abu Khattala, a leader of the Benghazi-based Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, as a commander in the...

Al Qaeda-Linked Fighters Attack Yemen Military Camp

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

* 32 militants, 19 soldiers and six tribesman killed * Fighting erupts when militants attack military camp * Warplanes b...