Hundreds of conference attendees advocating for the return of a constitutional monarchy in Libya were buoyed by the presumptive heir to the throne's announcement that he is ready to serve the country and its people.
None of the fundamental pillars for a healthy nation -- a functioning economy, political system and security -- is in place in Libya, which leads one expert to conclude little has changed from her pessimistic analysis of a year ago.
A plan to stabilize Libya , introduced by the United Nations' envoy to the country, is too complex and will take too long to set up, said Karim Mezran, a senior fellow with a Washington-based think tank.
An Italian Navy mission in support of the internationally recognized Libyan government to combat smugglers and stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterennean has begun, but not without controversy and concerns raised.
Morocco continues to rank as the most democratic country among 10 in the Arab world, though the overall report by two research groups is downbeat over the development of democracy since the 2011 spring.