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By James D. Le Sueur

Algeria's democratic scan is seminal in post-Cold warfare background. the 1st Muslim state to aim the transition from an authoritarian procedure to democratic pluralism, this North African state grew to become a attempt case for reform in Africa, the Arab international and past. but whilst the rustic seemed absolute to turn into the world's first elected Islamic republic, there has been an army coup and the democratic technique used to be introduced sharply to a halt. Islamists declared jihad at the kingdom and millions of civilians have been killed within the resulting decade of nation repression.

Le Sueur indicates that Algeria is on the very center of up to date debates approximately Islam and secular democracy, arguing that the soundness of Algeria is essential for the protection of the broader heart East. Algeria when you consider that 1989 is a full of life and crucial exam of ways the destiny of 1 kingdom is entwined with a lot larger international issues.

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With all of this in mind, the purpose of this study is to put the contemporary history of Algeria onto a broad geopolitical canvas. To do this, it is of primary importance to explain the effects of Algeria’s domestic politics, including the failure of democratic liberalism and the rise of political Islam and Islamic radicalism, in both the local and global arenas. As we shall see, economic and development 10 | Introduction concerns, human rights movements, intellectual and cultural issues, domestic and foreign policy, terrorism and military power all become an important part of Algeria’s contemporary history.

For example, exactly what kind of post-revolutionary state would Algeria become? Democratic, secularist, socialist, Arab, or all of the above? How could the fledgling state provide for a population of approximately eight million, of which over two million had been forcibly moved into concentration camps by the French military during decolonization? What kind of political, defense, social, educational, and economic institutions could emerge in such conditions? And what kind of leadership would be required to safely guide this young state through the many difficult choices?

Democratic, secularist, socialist, Arab, or all of the above? How could the fledgling state provide for a population of approximately eight million, of which over two million had been forcibly moved into concentration camps by the French military during decolonization? What kind of political, defense, social, educational, and economic institutions could emerge in such conditions? And what kind of leadership would be required to safely guide this young state through the many difficult choices? In answering these questions, it is important to recall that ­Algerian leaders were genuinely inspired by the idea of independence, and wished to make the most of its promises.

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