Libya five years after Gaddafi's fall
During the Arab Spring in 2011 massive protests against Gaddafi's rule led to the civil war in Libya. The hopes that the country would prosper after Gaddafi's overthrow were soon dashed.
"The NATO intervention ended in rebel and militia rule and at the moment the country has three governments. But none of these reigns, different groups with different interests try seize power", says NAI researcher Michael Eriksson.
Gaddafi tied up all power around himself and when he was overthrown the entire state administration vanished.
"After Gadhafi's fall there was no plan to get the country back on its feet. Libya needs support from among others the United Nations to become stable", says Mikael Eriksson.
Because of the government chaos the country's oil and gas resources can not be exploited. Additional factors contributing to the complexity of the situation is that the flow of refugees to Europe goes through Libya and that the Islamic state has a strong foothold in the region.
NAI researcher Mikael Eriksson was interviewed October 20 by Swedish Public Televison SVT Gomorron Sverige (02.55 into the program) and the (the Swedish Radio P4 (31.38 into the program) about the situation in Libya.