Little over a week after he officially began what some in the UN say is one of the most thankless posts in the organization’s history, the new Libya envoy Ghassan Salame appears determined to get on with the job. The Libya post is seen as high risk in terms of potential career burn, and very
The latest smear tactic between Libya’s political camps involves Islamist extremism, which by no coincidence was the theme of President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia. The “Trump effect” arguably triggered the Qatar blockade, Bahrain’s crackdown on civil society and perhaps even the timing of recent succession moves in Saudi Arabia. Recently, individuals in the
Libya’s fluid alliances are likely to shift yet again following reports that Saif al-Islam Qadhafi has been released from captivity in Zintan, where he has been held since 2011. Claims that he has been or is about to be released were made several times before but this time the reports appear more credible.