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Virginie Collombier

Virginie Collombier has been a research fellow at the European University Institute of Florence, Italy, since September 2013. She is responsible for DIRECTIONS , a research initiative on social and political change in post-Qaddafi Libya developed in partnership with NOREF. She has been conducting regular fieldwork in western Libya (Tripoli, Misrata and Bani Walid) since late 2012, with her most recent trip being in late January 2015.

Research areas:  Middle East and North Africa

Publications

Fighting the Islamic State in Libya: by political means first
Virginie Collombier 2 March 2015
Libya entered a new spiral of violence in early 2015. Among Western governments, consensus has so far prevailed on the necessity to privilege political instruments in order to address the escalating crisis. However, progress on the political front can only be reached if the United Nations-led mediation effort receives more significant... more  
Libyans’ longing for a state
LIBYA/ by B.R.Q with cc license from Flickr Virginie Collombier 18 March 2013
Despite the many warnings since the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi that Libya is about to fracture along regional, tribal and provincial lines – and despite the reality of this possibility – Libyans seem eager to see the process of statebuilding move forward and governmental institutions put in place in their country. more  
Egypt: before and after
Tahir Square. Photo: Collin David Anderson (Flickr under CC license) Virginie Collombier 4 February 2011
An uncertain presidential succession combined with the opening of the political system had already forewarned that 2011 would be a critical year for Egypt. Virginie Collombier examines the context of the current mobilization and the use of social networks by young Egyptians.  more  

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