You can read my newest article at Foreign Policy, titled “Federalism and Libya’s Oil“. It focuses on Libya’s loudest and most troublesome federalist, Ibrahim Jadran, and his struggle to sell oil independently. From one of the opening paragraphs:
While other oil fields and facilities were shut by protests last year, Jadran is unique for his ambition and media savvy. His oil blockade costs Libya about $60 million every day; his leadership of an aspiring regional government makes him the most recognizable thorn in the government’s side; and his youthfulness, immaculate suits, and talking points make the 32-year old look and sound like a serious politician. He is successful insofar as he remains unchallenged, although rookie mistakes have hurt his brand lately. Six months into the oil crisis he precipitated, Jadran has not budged — but he also has nothing to show for it.