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A cancer at the heart of Libya’s re-emergence

  • After roughly four months of high-level discussions between Libya’s two parliamentary chambers, the House of Representatives and the High Council of State, to determine a constitutional framework for a second attempt at national elections, the Libya file is yet again marked with another failure...
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Arab Maghreb Union needs a whole new foundation

  • This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the establishment of the Arab Maghreb Union. At one time, the union was an ambitious undertaking, curiously timed and influenced by the changing tides of peak globalization giving way to rapid regionalization, amid a rising tide of knee-jerk protectionism...
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A difficult decade ahead for the UN

  • For nearly eight decades, the UN has continued to play a pivotal role in nurturing global cooperation, institutionalizing international norms and propping up a fairly rule-based order. However, the next decade — rife with crises and their confluences — promises to be the organization’s greatest...
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The prospects for elections in Libya remain slim to none

  • It has been more than a decade since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, yet post-civil war Libya remains a foggy mess, shackled to woeful uncertainty as different factions remain at bitter odds with one another on how to move the country forward. Intractable squabbles, a self-serving politi...
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Libya on the cusp of another decade of chaos

  • Before the elections debacle in December last year, it was fairly evident that the prevailing interest among Libya’s political elite was sidelining the will of a plurality of Libyans who sought to choose their representatives in hotly contested polls. Since Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster in 2011, Lib...
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Elections are not the panacea for Libya’s ills

  • Despite the aspirations of a traumatized, war-weary Libyan populace, and well-intentioned posturing by the international community, promoting the December elections as a foregone conclusion was the height of credulity. This is not the first time that one development or other has been touted a...
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Why the world cannot afford the UN to fail

  • The UN has faced mounting criticism in recent years, but remains the foremost manifestation of a multilateral world order, still well-positioned to navigate the complexities of trying to balance sovereign equality with great power politics in order to preserve and promote relative global peace....
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How shameless self-interest is sabotaging Libya

  • By all indications, Libyans are ready. After more than a decade of chaos and conflict that turned the country into a battleground for foreign interests, Libyans are eagerly awaiting the opportunity in December to elect legitimate political bodies of their choosing, including a new parliament an...
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Growing challenges expose the limitations of the UN

  • World leaders will convene next week for the annual UN General Assembly in a year when the organization has appeared marginal to international crises and conflicts. Despite its flaws, however, the UN retains unique capabilities and crisis response tools, and is the only mediator in stand-offs t...
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Road to Libya’s elections is fraught with peril

  • Presidential and parliamentary elections in December this year will be the ultimate test of whether Libya can return to some sort of stability after years of conflict. Tensions and rivalries among domestic and foreign actors have intensified amid competition for influence in what most observers...
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