Karim Mezran

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Last month’s terrorist attack on Tunisia’s national museum highlighted the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State in Libya. There is a sense of urgency in the West that something must be done before violence by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, and its affiliates spreads even further and reaches Europe. Last week, the United Nations Security Council voted to extend the fight against the Islamic State to Libya, but it is unclear how this will be implemented.

Bernardino Leon, the United Nations special envoy for Libya, has been trying for months to broker a deal between the major Libyan factions with two goals: a cease-fire and a national unity government.…  Seguir leyendo »

At a time when Libya urgently needs help from its allies, most countries, including the United States, are evacuating their embassies or drastically downsizing. Weeks of inter-militia fighting have killed hundreds in Tripoli and Benghazi while disrupting food, water and fuel supplies to civilians.

While diplomatic security is understandably a top priority, representatives of the international community must not leave the country. Instead, they must maintain contact with Libya’s major political actors — the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Forces Alliance, and the leaders of the warring militias from Misurata and Zintan — if they wish to mediate a solution to the conflict.…  Seguir leyendo »