This paper examines the impact of foreign interventions on Libya’s civil wars since the 2011 uprisings. Although Libya’s conflict is often described as a battle between the Government of National Accord in Tripoli and General Khalifa Haftar’s forces in the east, the war is actually an agglomeration of microconflicts. This paper reviews how disparate militias in Libya have engaged with foreign sponsors, including the US, France, Russia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and others. Libyan actors have consistently used foreign assets to pursue their own agenda, making them unruly and unreliable proxies in the greater Middle East contest.
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Harchaoui J. & Lazib M. 2019. Proxy War Dynamics in Libya. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Publishing. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21061/proxy-wars-harchaoui-lazib
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Published on July 23, 2019