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Title Libya, extremism, & the consequences of collapse
Published New York, NY : Soufan Group, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (22 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Key findings. -- Introduction. -- Conflict background. -- Timeline of major events. -- Key actors. -- Rival governments. -- Extremist groups. -- Threat trends. -- Conclusion
Summary Following the failure to form a unity government in Libya, the country will continue to face monumental hurdles to stabilization. Existing divides between the East and West of Libya have been exacerbated by the security situation in the country. The absence of rule of law and the high levels of violence in Libya, when combined with the proliferation of weapons, have allowed violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda to thrive. Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are both utilizing Libya as a safe-haven from which to launch operations against neighboring countries. Libya is becoming a new destination for foreign jihadist fighters, especially those from neighboring Tunisia. The expansion of black market networks in Libya has moved economic drivers away from centralized control, and empowered criminal and extremist elements within the country. Control of energy infrastructure is a top priority for all parties in Libya, especially extremist groups, threatening economic stability. Extremist groups have effectively coopted the black market networks in Libya, drawing revenue from the smuggling of migrants, weapons, drugs, and oil. Approximately 144,000 migrants attempted to cross the Central Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, the vast majority embarking from Libya. Continued instability in Libya will see the formalization of black market networks and the entrenchment of violent extremist groups, lowering the prospects for peace
Notes "January 2016."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Soufan, viewed February 7, 2016)
Subject IS (Organization)
Qaida (Organization)
IS (Organization)
Qaida (Organization)
Islam and politics -- Libya
Islamic fundamentalism -- Libya
Political stability -- Libya
Security, International -- Africa, North
Islam and politics.
Islamic fundamentalism.
Political stability.
Politics and government.
Security, International.
Libya -- Politics and government -- 21st century
North Africa.
Form Electronic book
Author Soufan Group, issuing body, publisher
Other Titles Libya, extremism, and the consequences of collapse