The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

Constitution-making in post-Gaddafi Libya: justice vs security?

“Libya has lost a golden opportunity. […] I don’t see how we can move forward with the constitution under the current conflict.” For War and Peace Talk, former Libyan Minister of Justice Salah… Continue reading

NATO-intervention in Libya: a mistake or a job half-done?

“The mistake was not to complete the job. That was a terrible mistake. Libya did not need thousands of weapons … If Libya was without those weapons, the competition would have been political.”… Continue reading

Libya’s Political Isolation Law: post-conflict justice or revenge?

“The Political Isolation Law was technically a very bad downgrade of the previous Integrated Law on Libya.” Former Minister of Justice, Mr Salah al-Marghani reflects on the circumstances within which the Political Isolation… Continue reading

The judiciary in post-Gaddafi Libya

“The judiciary [in Libya] was unable to keep itself independent from the political crisis”, holds Salah al-Marghani, former Minister of Justice in Libya (2012 – 2014). Al-Marghani explains the plight of the Libyan… Continue reading

Libya Dialogue-peacetalks: Amnesty for peace?

“Warlords fear that they would be prosecuted in a stable Libya. That they would become rejected, and loose their grip on power … These elements are on both sides.” Salah al-Marghani, former Minister… Continue reading

ISIS in Libya: Endemic or Imported?

“Extremism and ignorance existed in Libya for a long time. […] The Gaddafi regime was using heavy-handed tactics [against those they deemed extremists],” explains former Libyan Minister of Justice Salah al-Marghani. As long… Continue reading

Iran’s Nuclear Deal: Who’s calling the shots?

“And so the concern is that Supreme Leader Khamenei … will let the deal come into effect and then, a year or two down the road, say ‘this isn’t working out, we have… Continue reading

Iran’s power play in the Middle East

“An agreement to be successful is going to require that the regional states feel reassured that this agreement is not at their expense.” In an interview with War and Peace Talk on 3 April… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Libya as a new stronghold?

“A lot of things need to happen before Libyans either side have the capability and capacity to take action against these radical groups” Professor Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College) analyzes the probability of the… Continue reading

Libya: A flawed electoral system at the root of the conflict?

“In a sense, in Libya the cart was put before the horse, […] they had elections before they had any of the institutions that in most circumstances really give elections meaning” For War… Continue reading

Libya: Prospects of a political solution to the crisis

“Whoever controls the money in a sense controls politics in Libya” Professor Dirk Vandewalle (Dartmouth College) examines the current conflict in Libya between the two parallel governments fighting for state control. The recent… Continue reading

The Islamic State: Tunisia’s response to the threat

“We need an early warning system within communities in Tunisia” Dr Moncef Kartas elaborates on the role the Tunisian government can take to prevent young people from joining the Islamic State. Rather than… Continue reading