Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

No Arab Spring for Algeria

Mohsin Khan, Karim Mezran

May 2014

Atlantic Council


A new Atlantic Council report warns that although the Algerian government has effectively maintained the status quo and avoided its own Arab Spring, it risks future instability if it does not commit to serious political and economic reforms. In “No Arab Spring for Algeria,” Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran, senior fellows at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, examine the conditions that have helped Algeria to avoid the upheavals that rocked neighboring countries in North Africa, and assess whether it can remain immune to the pressures that brought down governments in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.