MENA Salon: What is happening in Libya?

Workshop | January 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

Since roughly 2014, Libya has been locked in a civil war between two governments: The Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in Tripoli, while the eastern part of the country is controlled by General Khalifa Haftar, who commands the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA). Each side is supported by various foreign powers, thus making the conflict in Libya a kind of proxy war. The GNA is recognized by the UN and the U.S., and is supported in particular by Turkey, Qatar and Italy. Haftar has the support of Egypt, the UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and France. In early January, an attempt at a ceasefire--jointly backed by Russia and Turkey--failed when Haftar refused to sign the agreement. Meanwhile, Libya continues to attract migrants and refugees, many of whom suffer exploitation and worse in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. In this week’s salon, we will discuss the state of the war in Libya and its impact on the region, as well as the various ideological, economic and geopolitical interests at play.

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