Algiers has consistently spoken out against foreign intervention in Libya’s long-running civil war [APS via AFP]

Peace talks rarely produce the desired outcome when parties to a conflict believe they can still, through force, change the situation in their favour. 

This was the harsh lesson Algeria learned when it proposed to host Libya’s warring sides in January, following what initially appeared to be two promising summits in Moscow and Berlin to de-escalate tensions.

In this case, it was renegade commander Khalifa Haftar’s decision to resume a nine-month-long offensive on the internationally recognised government in Tripoli that derailed Algiers’ attempt to resolve one of its most pressing national security threats.

Reluctant giant

A giant in the geographic and perhaps military sense, Algeria has been

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