Insecurity and Governance Challenges in Southern Libya

Author
Frederic Wehrey
Content Type
Research Paper
Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Abstract
Southern Libya remains a region of endemic instability wracked by communal conflict, a shortage of basic services, rampant smuggling, and fragmented or collapsed institutions. The region has long existed on the periphery of Libya’s politics and international concerns—but that must change. Increasingly, the vacuum of governance in the south has drawn in political actors from northern Libya and outside states. Extremists seeking refuge in the south and migrants being smuggled through the region directly impact the security of Libya, neighboring states like Tunisia, and Europe.
Topic
Defense Policy, National Security
Political Geography
Libya