Libya

As the attention of the world media turns away from the State of Libya, the country’s troubles loom large more than two years after the collapse of the Gaddafi government and the death of the erstwhile Libyan dictator. First, the recent kidnapping of a key government aide is a stark reminder of the insecurity that plagues Libya’s capital and much of the country. Second, a new report by a special UN Security Council committee has warned Libyan authorities that arms which went missing after the former government’s downfall are now fueling several regional conflicts. Nevertheless, Libya has shown that it is still prepared and able to do business despite security shortcomings, having recently granted neighbouring Egypt a $2 billion loan to shore up that country’s fledgling economy. (April 9, 2013 BBC News; April 10, 2013 – The Telegraph)