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01.12.2023 Viktor Goncharov

After months of tensions and hostile statements from both sides, the rivalry between the Sudanese army, led by Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council serving as president, and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group led by his former deputy on the Sovereign Council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (alias Hemedti), erupted into open armed clashes on 15 April this year. At the heart of the current crisis, notes the Arab Centre for Policy Studies in Qatar, is the ongoing struggle between the two aforementioned…

14.11.2023 Madi Khalis Maalouf

The Head of the Government of National Unity (GNU) of Libya Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh assured the Palestinian Embassy in Tripoli that he had no intention to restore the relations with Israel. During his visit to the diplomatic mission, Mr. Dbeibeh confirmed that Libya had no plans for normalizing its relations with Tel Aviv. This statement was made in the light of the meeting between the Head of the MFA in the GNU Najla El Mangoush with her Israeli colleague Eli Cohen in this August. Earlier, Ms. Mangoush’s office made a statement that the meeting was authorized by Mr. Dbeibeh…

30.10.2023 Viktor Mikhin

While ever so new crises and fires rage in a unipolar world—take, for example, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which alone might tilt the world into calamity—the United Nations continues to fail in its efforts to negotiate a deal in Libya, thereby abandoning any genuine attempt to bring the country to peace. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has been guilty of a number of errors that have progressively harmed the country’s chances of stabilization…

21.10.2023 Viktor Goncharov

On 10 September, unprecedented Storm Daniel struck the eastern coast of Libya, producing waves as high as a two-story house, which overwhelmed two dams and, sweeping away houses, bridges, cars and people in its path, flooded the city of Derna with a population of 100,000 people. According to experts, such downpours only happen once every 100 years. As of 11 October 4,333 people were reported dead and approximately 8,000 others missing. 70 per cent of civilian infrastructure was destroyed, including 95 per cent of educational institutions. 42 thousand residents of this region were displaced after losing their homes. In total, this flood caused more than two billion dollars in damage…

17.10.2023 Viktor Mikhin

On September 10, Cyclone Daniel made landfall in eastern Libya, where it caused 4,000 deaths and left 10,000 people missing, presumed dead. It also caused massive damage to Libya’s infrastructure, destroying many homes, washing away bridges, flooding roads and ruining crops and fields. Many countries responded rapidly, sending humanitarian aid, medicines and rescue equipment to alleviate the suffering of the Libyan people affected by this unprecedented catastrophe. Teams of emergency response specialists were also dispatched, including highly experienced rescue teams from Russia, who worked around the clock for ten days…

25.06.2023 Bakhtiar Urusov

The General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa is prepared to transfer full control to his sons and has no intention of participating in the 2023–2024 election campaign. Analysts estimate that such a transit of power could lead to a pro-Western direction in eastern Libya. The 79-year-old warlord’s refusal to participate in the electoral process aimed to reconcile the country’s east and west is owing to his declining health as well as foreign pressure, particularly from Egypt, one of the key supporters of the eastern zone…

03.11.2022 Viktor Mikhin

In early October, Turkey and the outgoing government in Tripoli, led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, signed an agreement allowing Ankara to explore energy resources in the Mediterranean. According to general opinion in the Arab press and among political scientists, this is not only a blatant violation of international maritime law. It is also confirmation that neither side has any intention or desire to support...