Algeria

الجزائر

ISIS Extends Its Reach

Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Where Is Algeria's President?

Aomar Ouali, Independent Online

Keeping an Eye on Algeria

Geoff Porter, New York Times

Is Algeria's dialogue initiative for Libya still viable?...(full article)

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....(full article)

The silence of Algeria's ailing president since the kidnapping and beheading of a French hiker by Islamic State-inspired militants has ignited new concerns over his health and whet...(full article)

Despite its low profile, Algeria is an important strategic relationship for the United States. Libya, with which it shares a long border, has descended into chaos. Mali, Algeria&rs...(full article)

This approach of feigned reforms from the top has been used by most Arab autocrats during the past decades of rule, and never, ever has it resulted in real change. Talk of reform o...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Botching North Africa - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs Journal

The United States government is putting another alliance at risk—this time with Morocco, which is a little like screwing up Canada. The White House is partly to blame, but the ...

When Corpses Rule the Arab World - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Is there no limit to the assault on the basic rights and humanity of Arab citizens? The latest insult to common human decency and the struggle of hundreds of millions of Arabs for ...

Lessons from Algeria's 'Dark Decade' - Michael Willis, Foreign Policy

survey of the Arab World today reveals the most troubling situations to be a seemingly intractable and bloody civil conflict in Syria pitching an entrenched military based regime a...

Reading Albert Camus in North Africa - Robert Zaretsky, The Daily Star

Tellingly, Arab voices have begun to echo the man who was once seen as an apologist for French colonialism. The Moroccan magazine Zamane recently identified Camus as the “mor...

Clinging Bouteflika Endangers Algeria - Abdelkader Cheref, The National

When Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria from Paris in July, following an absence of three months due to a mini-stroke he suffered in April, the world discovered that the 76...

A Last Stand for Algeria's President - Daniel Nisman, National Interest

Not four months ago, the seventy-six-year-old Bouteflika was fighting for his life in a Parisian hospital after suffering a debilitating stroke, while his political career was pron...

What Camus Understood About the Middle East - Paul Berman, TNR

Albert Camus' Algerian Chronicles have never been presented, until now, in a full English translation, and this is a pity. The Chronicles contain his articles on Algerian themes fo...

Algeria and Its Islamists - Olivier Guitta, Weekly Standard

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algiers on July 16 after three months in a hospital in Paris. His health will prevent him from running for reelection in April, ...

In Algeria, Bouteflika Era Is Ending - Abdelkader Cheref, The National

Algeria, a major exporter of oil and gas with a youthful population of 37 million, is led by a 76-year-old who claims he fought in the war of independence. Abdelaziz Bouteflika ...

Algeria's Critical Juncture - Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis

Over a two-month period Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika vanished from the country's political scene. He was reported to have suffered a mild stroke and travelled to France ...

The Revolution Shall Be Cannibalized - Binoy Kampmark, Commentator

Egypt again teeters. The Muslim Brotherhood will be thinking of past failures when the Islamic experiment won, or threatened to win in the polls but was felled by military involvem...

Egypt's Army Can Follow Turkey or Algeria - Omar Ashour, Bloomberg

In September 2011, I was part of a diverse group of Egyptian activists, from liberals to Salafis, which we set up for a single purpose: To persuade all candidates running in the pr...

How Egypt Echoes Algeria - Vivienne Walt, Time

Millions of voters elected an Islamic political party to run the country, but the military stepped in, forced out the winners of the election and handpicked a group of politician...

Politics of Apology: Hollande & Algeria - Camille Pecastaing, World Affairs

When newly elected French President François Hollande squarely denounced the brutality and injustice of the whole era of French colonialism before the Algerian Parliament on...

Rise of North Africa's Jihadists Rattles Algeria - Vivienne Walt, Time

One wet, chilly February morning, Ali Zaoui climbed into his car in Algeria’s capital, drove 300 miles south into the desert and knocked on the door of a three-bedroom house in...

Islam's Path to Africa - Michael Widlanski, Jerusalem Post

The more radical Islamic forces are on the march. Many of the victims of jihad are now in Africa, but they will probably not be the last....

A Decade of American Missteps in Africa - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post

The U.S. government has invested heavily in counterterrorism programs in the region, spending more than $1 billion since 2005 to train security forces, secure borders, promote demo...

North Africa Still Better Off Without Gaddafi - Colin Freeman, Telegraph

Make no mistake about it -- the last thing that the poverty-stricken nations of sub-Saharan Africa ever needed was a violent, oil-rich, deluded nutjob like Gaddafi interfering in t...

Taming Terrorism in North Africa - Rep. Mike Rogers, Politico

The threat from Al Qaeda-linked terrorists is continuously evolving as they seek new safe havens from which to recruit, train and conduct operations against Americans and our inter...

Does al-Qaeda Still Matter? - Jason Burke, The Guardian

Rather like al-Qaida's own rhetoric in the wake of the changes wrought by the Arab spring, they sounded dated; at worst, they were an indication of wilful ignorance, a nostalgia fo...

Algeria Doesn't Need Lectures on Terrorism - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

Gaddafi might have been a monstrous tyrant, but from the Algerians' perspective he was a valued ally in fighting al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror cells. Algeria, remember, was in...

Who's to Blame for North African Mess? - Ann Marlowe, Peace Later!

There’s a dangerous blame game being played now among the pundits, laying the responsibility for the conflict in northern Mali and the recent terror attack on the In Amenas gas ...

The West's Perverse Nostalgia for Gaddafi - Fouad Ajami, Newsweek

We were bound to come to it: a lament for the fall of Gaddafi. Mali had come apart, and there were "strategic analysts" bemoaning the demise of the Libyan dictatorship. Thousands o...

In N. Africa, U.S. Should Lead from Way Behind - Blake Hounshell, CNN

To varying degrees, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies clearly do pose a threat to U.S. interests in their corner of Africa, but there's little evidence that they have ...

America's History of Military Training Blunders - Steve Coll, New Yorker

The Pentagon has yet to meet a military in a desperately poor or hopelessly corrupt country that it does not believe it can train and equip to a professional standard. Pentagon tra...

Algeria's Secretive 'War on Terror' - Alan Philps, The National

The terrible secrets of that war remain locked away, while a generous amnesty for rebels ensures they stay that way. But still the question remains: are the remnants of the jihadis...

Will North Africa Be Europe's Afghanistan? - Jon Fenby, Yale Global

The need to evolve a stable political system in Mali is a daunting task as is the rebooting of the economy. More widely, powers from outside the region seem only now to be waking u...

A Never-Ending War on Terror - Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

And the winner of the Oscar for Best Sequel of 2013 goes to... The Global War on Terror (GWOT), a Pentagon production. Abandon all hope those who thought the whole thing was over ...

Obama Has Given Up Fight Against al-Qaeda - Con Coughlin, Telegraph

Either Barack Obama is living in a fantasy world, or he really does believe that the decade-long war against Islamist terror is drawing to a close, as he claimed in his inaugural a...

A British Crusade in Africa Is Lunacy - Max Hastings, Daily Mail

The Government has announced its third round of Armed Forces cuts, imposing 5,300 job losses as part of a programme to reduce the British Army to a strength of 82,000 by 2017. Yet ...

West Must Tread Carefully in West Africa - Peter Jones, The Scotsman

The origins of the present conflict are, of course, much more complex than just an exodus of arms and, to some extent, trained mercenaries from Libya. That has served to amplify ex...

Will West Repeat the Same Old Mistakes in North Africa? - The Guardian

With such a history of failure in Muslim countries one would have thought David Cameron would choose his words with more care....

Al-Qaeda Is on the Rise in Africa - John Bolton, New York Post

Accepting his party’s renomination for president on Sept. 6, Barack Obama boasted, “Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.” The crowd roared its ap...

Don't Panic: Al-Qaeda Is Still Losing - Jason Burke, The Guardian

Cameron is wrong to call north African militants an 'existential threat' -- the tide has turned against al-Qaida and its offshoots....

Did Algeria Botch the Hostage Crisis? - Roula Khalaf, The World

It’s too early to pass judgment, said William Hague, British foreign secretary, about Algeria’s handling of the worse hostage crisis in decades. And he might be right. ...

N. Africa Chaos Reveals Grim Side of Arab Spring - Robert Worth, NYT

In Mali, French paratroopers arrived this month to battle an advancing force of jihadi fighters who already control an area twice the size of Germany. In Algeria, a one-eyed Islami...

Algerian Bloodbath -- and Trouble Ahead - London Evening Standard

The latest Algerian episode effectively expands al Qaeda’s North African front, threatening to draw Western powers into a new round of intervention and war. Algerian al Qaeda...

Africa's Arc of Instability Has Myriad Causes - The Observer

Events in Africa are a vivid illustration of what happens when the west forgets all that has gone before....

Why Algeria Struck Without Warning - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

That Algeria didn’t inform the U.S.—much less collaborate with it—before launching the raid should come as no surprise. Since 9/11, both the Bush and Obama admini...

Mali Need Not Be France's Afghanistan - David Rohde, New York Times

From a military standpoint, the French had to act, according to experts on the region. More than 8,000 French citizens live in Mali, many of them in Bamako. And last week militant ...

France Has Inflamed Saharan Africa - Michael Shurkin, USA Today

The kidnapping of American and other Western hostages at a natural gas plant in Algeria by Islamic militants possibly in retaliation for France's military intervention in neighbori...

Obama Blind to al-Qaeda's Resurgence in North Africa - IB Daily

This ought to be a major concern, but the Obama administration's impulse has always been to dismiss the war on terror as a relic of Bush administration warmongering, dismissing eve...

Algerian Tactics Recall Russian Disasters - Max Boot, Contentions

Reports out of Algeria are still sketchy but it appears that Algerian security forces attacked the Islamist group holding hostages at a gas plant near the Libyan border—and in...

Why Algeria Doesn't Talk to Terrorists - Geoff Porter, Foreign Policy

It was 2007 when Algeria's Islamist insurgents changed the rules of a war that had raged, in various forms, for decades. That was the year Algeria witnessed its first suicide bombi...

What Was Behind the Algeria Plot? - Bruce Crumley, Time

Algerian extremists are well acquainted with their government’s rigid approach to hostage situations, leading some expert observers to speculate that the In Amenas attack was a...

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