2021 is meant to be Libya’s transitional year. The new interim government faces huge tasks.
Middle East and North Africa
Subnational governance is at the heart of the ongoing conflict in Libya.
To resolve the conflict, the Biden administration will have to grasp the nettle of subnational governance reform and be prepared to work with the Houthis.
As the Libyan people see renewed prospects for peace, subnational governance may represent an integral part of a resolution to protracted instability.
Resolving subnational conflicts is ultimately about governance because their drivers are frequently linked to grievances and perceived injustice associated with access to power and resources, and to feelings of ethnic, social and / or geographic exclusion and marginalization.
Co-authored with Karl Cordell, this Introduction to a Special Issue on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict offers a broad contextualisation to the individual contributions in this special issue. The special issue was co-edited by Karl Cordell, Brendan O'Leary, and...
Co-edited with Karl Cordell and Brendan O’Leary, this special issue on the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was published by Ethnopolitics in 2016. Brendan O’Leary’s lead piece begins from the premise that the status quo is neither morally...
We are witnessing more terrorist attacks that occur across more countries and kill more people (and, importantly, more Muslims than non-Muslims). It is pointless for world leaders to issue shared statements of condemnation while continuing to pursue otherwise nationally-centred responses to the problem.
Systematically examining the EU’s responses to conflicts in its wider neighbourhood, this article argues that the Union’s response is most in line with a human security approach in relation to those conflicts where it perceives to have the greatest interests at stake.