The Libya Initiative was founded in 2015 with a central focus on three areas: policy research on Libya with a strong fieldwork component, support for homegrown mediation initiatives and policy dialogues.
The research track aims to inform policymakers in both Europe and Libya by producing policy-relevant analysis on the key dynamics and ongoing transformations in the country. Policy analysis is based on fieldwork and is produced in close collaboration with local analysts and researchers, with dissemination in both Arabic and English.
The research track also includes a mentorship initiative aimed at supporting the creation of a network of Libya-based policy analysts.
The dialogue support track is based on a close partnership with the ‘Peacemakers Libya’ team, a group of non-political Libyan community activists from all regions of Libya. It has continued without interruption since January 2015.
It has aimed to promote and support an inclusive bottom-up reconciliation process that can strengthen the political resolution of the conflict and help it take root.
In August 2020, we launched the Dialogue Platform for Peace and Stability in Libya (‘Libya Dialogue Platform’).
It aims to establish a continual coordinated platform for dialogue and exchange between Libya’s major political forces, Libyan and international researchers and the international community on key issues for peace and stability in Libya.
- Support to a dialogue process between Libya’s main political actors led by the Peacemakers team, addressing the conflict with an issue-based, long-term policy approach.
- Production of policy-relevant analysis and organisation of policy events aiming to support Libyan policy debates and international peace-building strategies.
PUBLICATIONS and BLOGS
- Rule by the Libyan Arab Armed Forces Has Disrupted the Fragile Balance in Sirte, Omar Al-Hawari, 2021 [English]
- Libya’s Constitution: Between Conflict and Compromise, Nedra Cherif, 2021 [English and Arabic]
- How Sirte Became a Hotbed ofthe Libyan Conflict, Omar Al-Hawari, 2021 [English and Arabic]
- Salafi Politics: “Political” and “Quietist” Salafis in the Struggle for the Libyan State, Virginie Collombier, 2020, in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)
- Tensions rise in Libya’s Sirte as the city becomes central to the conflict, Omar Al-Hawari, October 2020, BLOG.
- Political divisions in Libya’s epicentre impede the fight against the Covid-19, Rema el-Fellani and Waleed Khaleefa, June 2020, BLOG.
- The impact of Coronavirus and the continuing war on Tripoli and Western Libya, Mohamed Saleh Belqasem, April 2020, BLOG.
- Libya’s Sirte is preparing for a war of a different kind, Omar Al-Hawari, March 2020, BLOG.
- The City in the Middle: Fragile Stability and Future Opportunities in Libya’s Sirte, Omar Al-Hawari, 2019 [in English and Arabic].
- The new war in Libya: Europe cannot afford to be caught sleeping, Virginie Collombier, April 2019.
- To engage or not to engage? Libyan Salafis and state institutions, Virginie Collombier, Fiona Barsoum, 2019, NUPI-MEDirections.
- Fulfilling Implausible Expectations. Reducing Migratory Flows from Libya amidst Porous Borders, Luca Raineri, 2018.
- The War in Derna: What’s Happening Now, and What’s Next?, Al-Zubayr Salem, 2018 [in English and Arabic].
- Local Specificities of Migration in Libya: Challenges and Solutions, Abdulrahman al-Arabi, 2018 [in English and Arabic].
- The crisis in Derna: Reconciliation opportunities in the midst of war?, Al-Zubayr Salem, 2018 [in English and Arabic].
- Tribes and Global Jihadism, Virginie Collombier and Olivier Roy (eds), Hurst Publishers, 2017.
- Make Politics, Not War: Armed Groups and Political Competition in Post-Qaddafi Libya in Out of the Inferno? Rebuilding Security in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, Arab Reform Initiative, 2017.
- Libya’s endless war: Tripoli’s battlefield and its impact on the south, Roundtable, 03/12/2019
- Re-thinking Libya’s Economic Conflict, Workshop, 13/02/2019
- Migration and Radicalisation in Libya: The Significance of Local Dynamics in Formulating Effective Policy Responses, Workshop, 05-06/07/2018
- Tribes and Global Jihadism, Workshop, 27/02/2018
- Migration Challenges: What can Libya’s Local Communities Do?, Workshop, 28/02/2017
- Libya: What Role for Local Actors?, Workshop, 01/06/2016
Virginie Collombier, Scientific Coordinator
Musab El-Gaed, Libyan Peacemakers team, Project Coordinator in Libya
Omar Sheira, Research Associate
May Tamimova, Research Associate
Hedi Selmi, Project Assistant
>> To get in touch with the Libya Initiative team, please contact us on MED.Libya@EUI.eu