What We're Reading
December 2017 | Algeria

This month, the RESOLVE Network team’s “What We’re Reading” post highlights research addressing concepts related to ideology, governance, people, and violence in one of the Network's 10 priority countries: Algeria. The publications below delve into topics including terrorist group structures and characteristics; ethnic violence and civil war; and the link between violent extremism, governance, and security in the North African state. Click the links below to view the documents.

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Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb
Gregory A. Smith
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This paper is organized into four chapters that focus on the terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The four chapters examine different facets of the collect...
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Armed Islamist Movements and Political Violence in Algeria
Mohammed M. Hafez
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This article investigates the formation of the principal armed Islamist groups in Algeria - the GIA and AIS - and their justification for armed struggle. Furthermore, it investigates the ...
Partner Publication
Building Regional Border Security Cooperation: Lessons from the Maghreb
James Cohen, Leanne McKay, and Joyce A. Kasee
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The Maghreb countries of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia face threats to their borders from transnational illicit networks, such as terrorist groups and criminal organizations. To address t...
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Egyptian and Algerian insurgencies: A comparison
Cline, Lawrence E.
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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 v...
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Focus on Leaders? Insights from the Algerian Experience
Dario Cristiani
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The Algerian experience shows that fighting terrorism and extremism requires a plurality of instruments rather than a simple focus on a single instrument, as this kind of threat is intrin...
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Islamists, Soldiers, and Conditional Democrats: Comparing the Behaviors of Islamists and the Military in Algeria and Turkey
Ashour, Omar
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This article compares the responses of the Islamist political forces in Algeria under military pressure to their counterparts in Turkey, under similar duress. While the former rose in a r...
Partner Publication
Morocco and Algeria’s Changing Roles in Managing Migration
Tsion Tadesse Abebe
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Algeria and Morocco are taking a central role in managing migration from Africa to Europe by legalising the stay of sub-Saharan African migrants. These legalisation schemes will enhanc...
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T-Test for Terrorism: Did the Introduction of Proportional Representation Reduce the Terrorist Threat? A Time-Series Case Study of Algeria and Northern Ireland
Matt Qvortrup
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Can electoral reform lead to a reduction in the number of terrorist incidents? Economists have shown that the introduction of constitutional institutions such as courts in the early eight...
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Terrorist Group Dynamics Through the Lens of the Tigantourine Assault in Algeria
Chasdi, Richard J.
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The Algerian terrorist assault in January 2013 that was carried out by Mokhtar Belmokhtar and his ÒBattalion of BloodÓ activists against a BP-Norwegian-Algerian-Japanese gas facility in...
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The decline of revolutionary Islam in Algeria and Egypt
Gerges, Fawaz A.
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Despite savage killings in Algeria and intermittent attacks on government officials and foreigners in Egypt, the Islamist advance has come to a halt in both countries. Revolutionary Islam...
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The Roots of Algeria's Religious and Ethnic Violence
Abdelaziz Testas
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Although the existing literature on Algeria's civil conflict recognizes the role of religious and ethnic violence in the crisis, it does not sufficiently explain the various reasons behin...