Frederica Saini Fasanotti

Federica Saini Fasanotti is a nonresident fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, of the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution. She specializes in counterinsurgency. Her fieldwork and research have covered, among others, Afghanistan, Libya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Saini Fasanotti’s current book project is "The Counterinsurgency Doctrine from the XVII Century to the Present," a wide-ranging study on the history, methods, and pillars of counterinsurgency in the modern era. She consults on Libya for the Terna Group, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe.

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A Confederal Model for Libya

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Order from Chaos.


Although there has been some progress in forming a national unity government in Libya, “unity” is a rather inapplicable word for the country. In reality, friction between various political actors remains high. Ultimately, perhaps a form of disunity—confederation, rather than centralization—is the best model for Libya.