Many column inches have been dedicated to pinpointing why precisely Algeria remained immune to the Arab Spring. Much of the answers lie in the manner in which the nation’s economy is managed, with the Bouteflika regime being able to co-opt allies and sideline opponents through the spoils of the profits derived from hydrocarbon resources.
Narrimane Benakcha discusses why this Maghrebi country remained an Arab Spring survivor here: The Algerian Regime: An Arab Spring Survivor.
Likewise, James Traub tackles this issue in Foreign Policy: The Dog That Didn’t Bark: Algeria Looked Ripe for Revolution – What Happened?
The Shared Societies Project believes that globally, leaders can make greater efforts to achieve a shared society once they and their communities understand and communicate the economic benefits therein. Download a more comprehensive explanation of this line of thinking here:
In Algeria, a country whose social fabric has been at times been left thread bare following a decade of Civil War, mismanagement of the country’s economy is arguably leading to a fragmentation in social cohesion, as warns a cautionary new op-ed piece by Kamal Benkoussa, published on the Open Democracy website. A sample of this article is posted below, along with a link to the main text:
The Algerian population is a young one, with 70% under the age of 35. These youths will end up, sooner or later, rejecting the notion that their future is mortgaged – and bitter memories of the violence of the 1990s will not be enough to hold them at bay.
You can follow the author too on Twitter: @KamalBenkoussa