Algeria and the impact of the Jasmine Revolution

Algeria is the largest country in the Arab world and the civil conflict which ended in 2002 showed that the tension between the secular state and Islamic movements has the potential to end in extreme violence. Following the political upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt there is now growing pressure for political change and democratisation in Algeria.
Lakhdar Ghettas is a researcher at the LSE whose main research interest and expertise areas include democratisation and governance in North Africa and the geopolitics of energy security in the Mediterranean basin, as well as the geopolitics of the Sub-Saharan Sahel region. He will talk about the current situation in Algeria in the light of the upheavals in the Arab world and will also look at the geopolitical implications of change there.

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