Najla al-Mangoush, a foreign minister with clipped wings
Despite being put in charge of Libya's diplomatic service, Najla al-Mangoush finds herself somewhat sidelined and caught up in turf wars.
France, which has taken a back seat in the United Nations' conflict resolution process, has consulted two of its long-standing allies in southern Libya, Abdelmajid Saif al-Nasr and Musa Koni, even though they are less influential than they used to be.
Libyan state-owned airline EACS is set to retake possession of the Airbus A340 which served as Muammar Gaddafi's presidential jet. The aircraft's return is being held up, however, by the unwillingness of the French embassy in Libya to issue visas for the company's technicians.
The Misrata Free Zone, a true state within a state, is both the port of entry to the Libyan market and the bastion of entrepreneurship in the war-torn country. Since September, this potent business hub prized by those fighting for control of the country has been led by Mohsen Sgoutri, whose powerful network allows him to stand up to the Tripoli government and develop his own business diplomacy, especially towards Turkey.