Libya needs an interlocutor that can prevent another military regime taking power in Tripoli.
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.
Subscribe to this Lawfare contributor via RSS.
It's time to stop trying to force a centralized government on Libya and embrace a federalist approach.
Italy's role in Libya has been coherent and transparent. Why are some Libyan actors still complaining?
The Islamic State has been defeated in Sirte, but it will take a lot more work for Libya to find stability.
Though most discussions on Libya center on U.S. policies in the country, Frederica Saini Fasanotti discusses Russia's role in Libya and details the history of Russian-Libyan relations.
Fredrica Saini Fasanotti argues that Libya's deep divisions ruin hope of a future unified state and that the internal divisions with Libya are a part of a long-standing, historical pattern.
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.