All eyes on Turkey after Haftar wins in Berlin

The Berlin conference was supposed bring about a ceasefire that would create a conducive environment for future genuine talks. Instead, Haftar refused to sign the ceasefire agreement, and the growing number of nations involved in Libya failed to find any common ground of note. German diplomats, keen to prevent the summit from being seen as a failure, are now pointing …

EU finally moves on Libya, but without much leverage

Where once it looked as if the international community was watching with apathy as Haftar closed in on Tripoli, there has suddenly been a flurry of diplomatic activity, particularly from the EU. Angela Merkel in the last 24 hours has spoken with Turkish President Receb Tayyeb Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin about the ongoing situation in both Syria and …

How Turkey and Russia will negotiate Libya

Over the past three months, Haftar has received reinforcements from Russia in his bid to take Tripoli. Advanced weapons and mercenaries from the Wagner Group have turned the tide in Haftar’s favour after what was increasingly looking like a stalemate. The GNA in Tripoli, increasingly desperate, signed a defence cooperation with Turkey, appealing to Erdogan as the EU looks on …

For Turkey, Libya is as important as Syria

Turkey has sent special forces to Tripoli while dispatching Bayraktar drones to Northern Cyprus in what is a clear escalation and a sign of intent that it is prepared to risk war to save Fayez Serraj’s government. In recent months, Haftar has received significant reinforcements and advanced weaponry which has altered the dynamics of battle, and enabled Haftar to make …

Who let Haftar attack Tripoli?

Tripoli has been under attack for a while. In March, General Haftar of the self-styled ‘Libyan National Army’ launched an offensive on Libya’s capital, seeking to bring about an end to the civil strife by military force. The assault came about as the UN called for new negotiations and dialogue in order to find some way forward out of the …

Why Libya Needs Italy

By Gesu Antonio Baez Twitter @JesusABaez   French Africa. British Africa. Even German Africa from times to time. The legacy of the colonial powers from the Berlin Conference in 1885 still haunts discussions around the African continent to this day, in particular concerning current relations between former colonial powers and former colonies. But Italian Africa? This is rarely in the …