Middle East And North Africa
The contrast between richly endowed oil-and-gas economies and resource-poor countries is an important marker in the region. Its strategic location between the East and West, along with its energy wealth, make it vulnerable to the clashing policies and interests of local and global powers, including the United States, Europe and Russia. Foreign interventions tend to exacerbate local conflicts.
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The Libyan crisis, 10 years on
For the last decade, external sponsors and non-state actors have pursued conflicting interests in Libya, turning the initial civil war into a protracted conflict with no end in sight. However, recent events suggest that the country is once again on Washington’s radar. Given the wide-ranging regional security risks posed by the situation, the Biden administration is likely to become involved in some capacity.