Tag Archives: Libya

Outsourcing asylum seekers: the case of Rwanda and the UK

A group of migrants are guided up the beach after being brought into Kent on a lifeboat. Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images Cristiano d’Orsi, University of Johannesburg UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on April 4 2022 that Britain would relocate some asylum seekers arriving in the UK to Rwanda. The plan was condemned by the opposition …

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Russia’s war with Ukraine: Five reasons why many African countries choose to be ‘neutral’

Some African leaders have not forgiven NATO for the ouster and death of Libya’s Gaddafi. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University In early March the United Nation’s General Assembly voted on a resolution demanding Russia immediately stop its military operations in Ukraine. Out of 193 member states, 141 voted in support of the resolution, …

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Ukraine war: fresh warning that Africa needs to be vigilant against Russia’s destabilising influence

Russian president Vladimir Putin and African leaders at the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in Sochi in 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin / SPUTNIK / AFP via Getty Images Joseph Siegle, University of Maryland It’s commonly held that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s objective for invading Ukraine is to install a puppet regime that is pliable to Moscow’s interests. If …

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Ten years after the Arab Spring, Libya has another chance for peace

Under tight security, Libyans mark the 10th anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in Martyrs Square, Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed) Brian McQuinn, University of Regina Ten years ago, the United Nation’s no-fly zone over Libya marked the beginning of the Libyan revolution and the West’s bombing campaign. I …

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Libya: why enforcing an arms embargo is so hard

Militants prepare their ammunition in April 2019 before joining frontline to defend Tripoli against Khalifa Haftar’s forces. EPA-EFE

Inga Kristina Trauthig, King’s College London A group of countries involved in the ongoing civil war in Libya agreed at a meeting in Berlin on January 19 to uphold a UN arms embargo and stop international meddling in the country’s conflict. Germany wants to find a way to end the ongoing conflict in Libya to prevent the North African country …

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In COVID’s shadow, global terrorism goes quiet. But we have seen this before, and should be wary

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Alaa Al-Marjani/AAP Greg Barton, Deakin University Have we flattened the curve of global terrorism? In our COVID-19-obsessed news cycle stories about terrorism and terrorist attacks have largely disappeared. We now, though, understand a little more about how pandemics work. And ironically, long before the current pandemic, the language of epidemiology proved helpful in understanding by analogy the way in which …

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There’s no shortage of players in Libya’s conflict. But few champions for peace

The peace process is at an impasse in Libya’s protracted civil conflict. Hazem Turkia/Anadolu via Getty Images Jacob Mundy, Colgate University The year-long battle for Tripoli has been heating up in recent weeks despite widespread calls for a ceasefire during Ramadan and the coronavirus pandemic. As the violence escalates and the number of foreigners involved in the fighting multipies, the …

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