Southern Libya remains a region of endemic instability wracked by communal conflict, a shortage of basic services, rampant smuggling, and fragmented or collapsed institutions. The region has long existed on the periphery of Libya’s politics and international concerns—but that must change. Increasingly, the vacuum of governance in the south has drawn in political actors from northern Libya and outside states. Extremists seeking refuge in the south and migrants being smuggled through the region directly impact the security of Libya, neighboring states like Tunisia, and Europe…
Ban on olive oil exports impact Libya’s “green gold” industry
An article by Arab News published on 27 December highlighted the tensions surrounding olive oil production in Libya. Libyan authorites have decided to halt exports of the “green gold” since 2017, and it remains unclear when exports are to resume. Libya is the 11th largest olive producer in the world, growing around 150 000 tons of the crop annually, but only 20% is turned into oil.
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