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Algeria has not been in such dire straits since it declared independence from France in 1962. The challenges the country faces today make its “bloody decade” during the 1990s, when conflict with the Armed Islamic Group (AIG) killed tens of thousands, seem like a time of stability and prosperity. It is not terrorism that is causing trouble for Algiers this time – at...
Algeria faces big challenges ahead, with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika likely to be nearing the end of his 14-year term in office and opposition forces lining up to disrupt the status quo when he goes. The internal instability which could follow comes at time of growing turmoil in the region and the ever-present threat of militant extremists on Algeria’s doorstep....