Algeria’s Unrest Unsettles the Saudi/UAE-led Bloc

By Giorgio Cafiero In 2011, there was much optimism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that the so-called Arab Spring revolts would make the region more democratic. Yet over the past eight years, the MENA region has become… Continue Reading  

The False Allure of Authoritarian Stability

by Eldar Mamedov When EU leaders met with their Arab counterparts at the first EU-League of Arab States (LAS) summit in Cairo in February, they were criticized for embracing the Arab autocrats too tightly and uncritically. Although the final statement—the… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Cautious Response to Algeria’s Deepening Political Crisis

by Giorgio Cafiero The peaceful demonstrations that have brought millions of Algerians out to the streets of Algiers, Annaba, Bejaia, Blida, Constantine, Jijele, and Oran since last month have been astonishing. Not since the revolt against French colonial rule in… Continue Reading  

Understanding the Algerian Protests

by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero Public protests in Algeria are rare. Yet since February 22, demonstrations across Algiers, Annaba, Blida, Constantine, and Oran have revealed sources of instability unique to Algeria. The protestors, who come from diverse backgrounds, are… Continue Reading  

Algeria: The Land that Time Forgot?

by Wayne White When I first walked the streets of Algiers back in 1975, the city was decked out in banners heralding a visit from North Korean tyrant Kim Il Sung. Algeria’s foreign policy radicalism of those days shifted to… Continue Reading