Geopolitics: Time is Libya's key challenge

Tribesmen in Libya's Sahara desert (photo:dpa)
Tribesmen in Libya's Sahara desert (photo:dpa)

Tribal loyalties are one of the strengths of Libya's future. But moving from the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi to a new regime must be achieved quickly to secure a positive future, says GIS expert, Bernard Siman, in this briefing.

TIME is the key challenge to Libya and the different groups, liberals, the Islamists, and the tribes. And they have precious little time to sort out a stable way forward following the removal of their dictatorial leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

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The continued cohesiveness of the Libyan social edifice, wrapped around a strong tribal structure with a well-practiced rulebook of inter-tribal conflict resolu...

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