Which foreign power should take the lead?
As the conflict which destabilized Libya for over a year between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and their foreign backers takes a new direction, prospects for peace and stabilisation are discussed with a new energy at the international level. And the question on everybody’s mind seems to be: which foreign power should take the lead to guide Libya towards peace? On 16 June, Arturo Varvelli and Tarek Megerisi argue in a commentary published with European Council on Foreign Relations that now is the time for Italy to take the lead for Europe on Libyan matters. Earlier this week, Ranj Alaaldin and Emadeddin Badi advocated for the United States to revise its strategy towards Libya at this crossroad moment for Libya, and last week numerous articles and analysts warned against Turkey and Russia’s growing influence on Libya. While the question of who’s to take the lead remains unanswered at the moment, what appears clear is that the Libyan conflict has allowed for the emergence of new regional, international actors, which threaten traditional international actors such as the United-States, or Europeans states.
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