Libya Defence & Security Report Q1 2014 - New Market Report

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Jan 31 2014

BMI's report examines Libya's current defence and security environment, and the prospects for restoring the country to normality following the end of the civil war. The general conclusion reached is that while Libya has a clear potential to emerge as a peaceful, democratic and prosperous member of the international community much work remains to be done in stabilising the current security situation. In terms of the reports key findings, BMI believes that the most pressing priority for Libya's new government is to stabilise the security situation by disarming those anti-Qadhafi militias still in existence and providing them with the opportunity to either join the emerging Libyan armed forces, or to be assisted in their search for productive work.

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Secondly, the government must work to reduce the illicit flow of arms from the country; these were taken from Libyan Army stocks during the civil war. These weapons are finding their way to insurgent groups in Africa and further afield.

Thirdly, the government must press forward its efforts to reform, recapitalise and reorient the country's armed forces. This can be done via the integration of former militias into the Libyan armed forces, and via the acquisition of new military equipment. The government must also continue to work for the disarmament of anti-Qadhafi militias whom have not yet surrendered their weapons. In addition, it must endeavour to reduce tensions existing between several of Libya's ethnic groups.

Libya's security situation has not been aided by the expulsion of 915 alleged loyalists for former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from the country's army in November 2013. The soldiers were expelled in an attempt to placate rebel groups whom refuse to join the new army in protest against the presence of ex-Gaddafi troops in the force. The country also remains reliant on foreign security assistance. To this end, in October 2013, NATO announced that it was despatching advisers to Libya to provide advice on defence institution-building. The move followed the brief abduction by militants of the country's prime minister Ali Zeidan in October 2013.

The security situation in Libya's second city of Benghazi continues to worsen, with September 2013 witnessing continued violence. Nevertheless, the situation in Misrata appears to be improving, where business and commerce is said to be thriving, although other cities elsewhere in Libya are still struggling to attract foreign investment while the security situation remains serious.

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