Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2012

Borderline Chaos? Securing Libya's Periphery

Peter Cole

October 2012

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Libya’s borders remain largely ungoverned, and securing the periphery is among the country’s greatest challenges. Weak border control allows markets in arms, people, and narcotics to thrive alongside everyday trafficking in fuel and goods, with profound consequences for the region as a whole. For Libya to create a truly effective border security strategy it must do what no Libyan government before it has done—disentangle the web of economic and local interests that fuel Libya’s border insecurity.