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Toby Dershowitz is Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Saeed Ghasseminejad is a senior advisor on Iran specializing in Iran’s economy and financial markets, sanctions and illicit finance. FDD is a non-partisan think tank focusing on national security issues. Follow them on @tobydersh and @SGhasseminejad

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These findings clearly demonstrate that Turkey is pursuing a policy of backing Islamist groups in Libya. Ankara’s failure to align with UN efforts to promote stability has exposed it as a spoiler that fuels divisions and armed clashes among Libyans. To address Ankara’s destabilizing role, Washington should work closely with the UN to facilitate strict implementation of the arms embargo and prevent Libya from becoming a key hub for illicit arms sales and transfers to neighboring countries and Europe.

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While others may have caused and exacerbated the crisis, resolving it would help defuse the Russian and Syrian threat to the base at al-Tanf and establish the United States and its allies on the ground as sources of reliable humanitarian assistance, a critical part of establishing good will and stability in the area surrounding al-Tanf.

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By continuously condemning Israel and encouraging Palestinian maximalist demands, the U.N. harms prospects for peace. It only makes matters worse by giving terrorists such as Hamas a free pass. Thursday was a major test for the United Nations in the Israeli–Palestinian peace process and it failed miserably.

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EVENT: FDD's National Security Summit

August 28, 2018 | 10:00

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