Algeria: The Next Domino to Fall in North Africa?
November 25, 2015
The political upheavals of the Arab Spring created new vacuums in North Africa, notably in post-Gaddafi Libya and a Revolution-fatigued Egypt struggling to establish its writ in the Sinai and the Western Desert. Algeria has been a notable exception to this trend so far, in large part because of the premium that Algerians place on stability; the country already endured a brutal civil war between the government and Islamists that ended in 1999. Yet this exceptional status shouldn’t be taken as a given going forward. Pressures are mounting against the regime of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and the region can be a punishing place for a government on the ropes.