ATbar Schnitt, Jonathan

Schnitt, Jonathan

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ISIS in Libya - Exploitation and Governance of Areas of Limited Statehood


Post-Qaddafi Libya is a state on the brink of collapse. The gaps that define its Areas of Limited Statehood are severely developed throughout the country.  ISIS exploits the failure of the Libyan state to gain control as it acts as spoiler and government actor by extending the gaps and the Areas of Limited Statehood and filling the vacuum with its fighters, institutions and government services. This paper finds that ISIS’ weakness in the Libyan arena is its failure to set up a legitimate government by winning the famous “hearts and minds” of the Libyan people in the areas it controls. 

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