In the past decade, the post-Qaddafi Libya—its transition, the struggle for accessing its natural resources, and the fight against terrorism—has repeatedly come to dominate, albeit briefly, the international agenda and the media. The country’s domestic instability poses a range of threats to not just the Libyan state itself but its direct and wider neighbourhood, including the European Union, and, through the presence of global actors in Libya, to the international community at large. This article claims that most of these threats and challenges are related to the geographical location of Libya, on the one hand, and to the artificial structure of the Libyan state, on the other. Both contribute, at the same time, to the interest/disinterest of external powers and to the regional/global dynamics.
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