A new Atlantic Council report warns that although the Algerian government has effectively maintained the status quo and avoided its own Arab Spring, it risks future instability if it does not commit to serious political and economic reforms. In “No Arab Spring for Algeria,” Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran, senior fellows at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, examine the conditions that have helped Algeria to avoid the upheavals that rocked neighboring countries in North Africa, and assess whether it can remain immune to the pressures that brought down governments in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.
The authors explain how Algeria’s authoritarian regime has been able to minimize the adverse economic conditions felt in other Middle East nations, but maintain this is a short-lived sense of security. The brief provides specific recommendations for political and economic reforms that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government must take if Algeria is to prosper, grow, and maintain political stability. Khan and Mezran acknowledge there is arguably more space to implement economic reforms in Algeria, and less incentive to undertake serious political reform.
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