The Algerian Crisis

Policy Options for the West

Andrew J. Pierre, William B. Quandt
Release Date: March 1, 1996

For the past four years, Algeria has been torn by brutal political violence. The crisis has now spread to France, where Islamist groups have engaged in terrorist activities. Throughout the Maghreb and Western Europe, there is a fear that the struggle in Algeria, if left untended, could destabilize North Africa, unsettle Southern Europe, and adversely affect the growth of democratic politics in the Middle East.

This book dissects the complex roots of the Algerian crisis. The authors make new policy proposals for the United States—jointly with France and the European Union—many of which should be implemented in cooperation with France and the European Union, to encourage Algeria’s leaders to undertake political and economic reform.