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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 conductin...
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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, with jihadist attacks claimed by the Islamic State succeeding one another and renewed armed confrontation between the country’s two main political-military coalitions. 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 and sustained support.

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