Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
Although Maghreb states have tended to pursue border security unilaterally, increased transnational coordination at the local level offers a more sustainable approach.
While countries in the Maghreb and the Gulf are increasing their security cooperation, they lack a long-term strategic understanding.
In confronting the Sahel’s transnational security challenges, international actors would benefit from giving Maghreb states a role in stabilization and development.
Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia’s “helicopter money” policy is a short-term fix not only to Algeria’s economic problems, but also to its precarious political equilibrium.
Women continue to face challenges in accessing the higher echelons of political power, but also in playing a more substantive role in the policymaking process.
Algeria’s myriad Islamist parties are either barred from the elections or internally divided over whether to support the government or join the opposition, limiting their chances of success.
A primer on Algeria’s upcoming legislative elections, parliament, candidates, and registered voters.
While preparing the population for austerity measures, the Algerian government is still scrambling for alternatives to avoid them.
Algeria’s austerity measures are driving protests among its previously acquiescent middle class, and the state is hardening its stance against such unrest.
Algeria’s youth are increasingly turning to social entrepreneurship to find creative solutions to persistent unemployment and an austerity economy.
Sada contributors share their take on what the extraordinary election of Donald Trump could mean for a region in turmoil.
With sustained low oil prices, Algeria is searching for ways out of its economic crisis that do not rely solely on austerity measures.
The pro-Bouteflika camp is trying to show skeptics that it can more fully direct Algeria’s military—and the military is operating more effectively—without the DRS.
In an effort to smooth the way for Bouteflika’s successor, the Algerian elite are taking modest but significant steps to open the political sphere and undertake cautious economic reforms.
The Bouteflika regime hopes recent cabinet reshuffles will distract Algerians from fundamental political and economic issues.
In the Middle East, producers are facing different effects of the recent drop in oil prices. Four oil experts explore the impact of falling prices on the economies of key regional producers.
The power struggle between the Algerian presidency and DRS prevents any fundamental reforms that could address the underlying demands of police protesters.
The rise of ISIS gives Algeria an opportunity to regain the regional influence it lost following its failure to play an effective role in the Mali conflict.
The ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s election to a fourth term may have been widely expected, but few have a sense of what exactly will come next. How are the political elite laying the groundwork for this transition?