Egyptian and Algerian insurgencies: A comparison
Small Wars & Insurgencies
The Egyptian and Algerian governments both face significant difficulties in dealing with their respective insurgencies largely due to the governmentsÕ apparent inability to cope with a variety of political, social, and economic problems. Islamist groups in both countries are popularly perceived as offering improved answers to these issues. Neither government has shown any particularly aptitude for dealing with the insurgents. Nevertheless, the insurgency in Egypt is unlikely to be regime_threatening unless the government makes a misstep. The insurgency in Algeria, on the other hand, will likely to continue to erode regime legitimacy, presenting a much more dismal picture for future stability.