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Algeria ModernFrom Opacity to Complexity$
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Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491536.001.0001

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

Algeria’s South and its Sahelian Borders

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Algeria Modern

Anouar Boukhars

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the changing dynamics between Algeria’s political centre and periphery, arguing that the country’s south no longer is a simple buffer periphery whose principal utility lies in its massive resources. More informed and better organised, population groups in the Sahara have come to understand that the natural resources beneath the territories they inhabit are vital for the regime’s survival. Consequently, the Algerian regime is forced to rethink its geopolitics in the south and across its porous borderlands riddled with armed factions. Mounting insecurities in the Sahara—Sahel region caused by the volatile security situations in Mali and Libya are exacerbating tensions, placing Algeria in a geopolitical conundrum as the regime tries a balancing act to keep the situation in check both domestically and regionally. The chapter also argues that this will become increasingly difficult as the regime’s approach is based on outdated policy formulas.

Keywords:   Algeria, Sahara, Sahel, Libya, Mali, Political periphery, Armed factions

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