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Four years after the Fall of Gadhafi, Libya finds itself in a state of chaos and lawlessness. Two rivaling governments in the East and West compete for the country’s resources and seek to gain control.
The highly unstable situation enabled other actors to enter Libya, among them radical Islamic elements such as ISIS. ISIS seeks to take advantage of the precarious situation in Libya and works to apply its own model of governance, while trying to expand its territorial control through force.
Theoretical approaches such as the idea of limited statehood/governance or “The Network State” are used to help to understand the highly complex and volatile situation in Libya.