MENASource Feb 16, 2021
Two years on, Algeria’s Hirak is poised for a rebirth
By Andrew G. Farrand
Partisans of the Hirak are quick to point out that they voluntarily paused the movement and can restart it at any time. Two years after the Hirak’s eruption, that possibility appears likely.
MENASource Jun 10, 2021
Parliamentary elections won’t rescue Algeria from its legitimacy problem
By Andrew Farrand
Arriving on the heels of two years of overt popular contestation, Algeria’s June 12 parliamentary elections will not suffice to resolve the country’s deep political impasse.
ReportOct 7, 2022
The MENA region’s uneasy path towards reforms
By Karim Mezran, Valeria Talbot, Alissa Pavia, Lorenzo Fruganti, Eleonora Ardemagni, Andrew Farrand, Alessia Melcangi and Hafsa Halawa
Decade-old geopolitical transformations have impacted the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) states’ efforts to implement socioeconomic reforms. More recently, the Ukraine war’s reverberations are also likely to affect the MENA countries’ paths towards such reforms.
Andrew G. Farrand is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, focusing on Algeria. In his career, Farrand has worked in economic and political analysis, international development, and the creative arts. He lived in Algeria from 2013 to 2020 managing youth development programs across the country and serving as host of Andi Hulm (“I Have A Dream”), Algeria’s first entrepreneurship reality television program. He is author of The Algerian Dream (2021), a first-person analysis of the origins and implications of Algeria’s 2019 Hirak revolution, and translator of Inside the Battle of Algiers (2017) by Algerian independence heroine Zohra Drif. He holds a BS in Africa & Middle East Regional Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and is completing a Masters at the University of Paris 1 Panthéone-Sorbonne’s School of Management. He speaks proficient French and Maghrebi Arabic and basic German.