The Battlefield Algeria, 1988-2002: Studies in a Broken Polity

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Verso, 2003 - 402 halaman

The violence that has ravaged Algeria has often defied explanation. Regularly invoked in debates about political Islam, transitions to democracy, globalization, and the right of humanitarian interference, Algeria's tragedy has been reduced to a clash of stereotypes: Islamists vs. a secular state, terrorists vs. innocent civilians, or generals vs. a defenseless society. The prevalence of such simplistic representations has disabled public opinion inside as well as outside the country and contributed to the intractability of the conflict.

This collection of essays offers a radical corrective to Western misconceptions. Rejecting the usual tautological approaches of inherent, predetermined conflict, Hugh Roberts explores the outlook and evolution of the various internal forces as they emerged – the Islamists, the Berberists, the factions within the army, and the regime in general – and he looks at external interests and actors. He explains their strategies and the maneuvers in which they have engaged. The resulting analyses illuminate the startling dynamics of the conflict and the real issues at stake, and identify the implications not only for Algeria but also for this crucial region.

Informed by a deep knowledge of Algeria and Algerian history, these accessible essays guide the reader through the extraordinary politics of the drama in all its complexity.

 

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French conceptions Algerian realities
34
Algerian Islamism and the Gulf crisis
63
Doctrinaire economics and political opportunism in the strategy
82
The Algerian state and the challenge of democracy
105
The armed rebellion and the continuation of politics
127
A controversial constitution
185
Algerias contested elections
191
The struggle for constitutional rule in Algeria
200
Problems of the polity
263
The labours of Bouteflika
271
Riots without end?
287
France and the lost honour of Algerias army
305
Europe and the Algerian drama
317
Correcting the
347
Political chronology
367
Bibliography
375

Third World last rites
215
Algerias veiled drama
250

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Tentang pengarang (2003)

Hugh Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow of the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the Secretary of the Society for Algerian Studies and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of North African Studies. He lives in London and Cairo.

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