Russia’s complex Libyan modus operandi
On 7 January, Libya researcher and expert Jalel Harchaoui published with War On The Rocks an article in which he analyses Russia’s discreet yet strong and continuous involvement in the Libyan crisis. For Harchaoui, over the course of the past two years, Russia has successfully established itself as an influential foreign actor and power broker in Libya through what he characterizes as a ‘skillful soft-power maneuvering with the use of force through an unacknowledged semi-state actor’. A reason for this success, as developed by Harchaoui, is Russia’s strategic management of the network of competing foreign powers fighting for influence over Libya, such as Turkey or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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