Alessandra Bajec

Civil War Libya and its Spillover to Egypt

Egyptian terror groups are plotting attacks from Libya, while arms smuggling across the border provides weapons to insurgents across the county. Cracking down will be difficult for Egypt’s president.

Tahrir Square in Cairo. Since 2013, Egypt has experienced extremist attacks in its major cities and on the Sinai Peninsula, most recently the 24 November mosque attack that killed more than 300 worshippers.
The Sahara desert region of Fezzan in Libya.
Italy’s Intervention in Libya’s South

Southern Libya, a human trafficking hotspot, has long been overlooked. Italy is now trying to tackle the problem, but faces the region’s political vacuum and its booming black market.

A 'We love Manchester' sign hanging on the Didsbury Mosque, where the Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi had worshipped.
After the Manchester Bombing

In the aftermath of the bombing at the Manchester Arena in May, Libyans in the city have stood together with the wider community in the face of terrorism, amid anti-Muslim hate crime.

Youth clamber over a barrier in Cairo.
Civil Society in Egypt Faces Further Crackdown

A draft new law targeting non-governmental organisations’ funding would be the latest blow to Egypt’s beleaguered civil society and a further erosion of civil liberties