Naji Abou Khalil

Libya Project Officer

Naji Abou Khalil participated into the creation of Noria in 2011 before becoming today the director of its Libya project. His works focus on the political economy of armed groups and transnational traffic networks operating in Libya.

Naji Abou-Khalil served from June 2015 to November 2018 as an Armed Groups and Regional Expert for the Libya Panel of Experts created by UNSC resolution 1973. He investigated cases related to financing of Libyan armed groups, with a specific focus on predation strategies against states institutions and their involvement in smuggling of arms and people. He also investigated on regional policies and the involvement of non-Libyan armed groups in the conflict.

Prior to joining the Panel, he managed security sector reform and governance projects at Altai Consulting, based in Tripoli, Libya. He conducted research on the security sector and armed groups in Libya. He also contributed to a number of publications on the security sector in Libya, prepared in conjunction with the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and based on fieldwork conducted in 2013 and 2014. Prior to this, He worked for two years as a corporate security analyst in charge of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Paris.

Fluent in Arabic, English and French, he holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po and a Master’s degree in international law from Lille II University.

Research Area : Libya
Languages: Arabic, English, French


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