By James D. Le Sueur
Algeria's democratic scan is seminal in post-Cold struggle history. the 1st Muslim kingdom to try the transition from an authoritarian method to democratic pluralism, this North African state grew to become a try case for reform in Africa, the Arab international and beyond. but whilst the rustic appeared absolute to turn into the world's first elected Islamic republic, there has been an army coup and the democratic method was once introduced sharply to a halt. Islamists declared jihad at the nation and millions of civilians have been killed within the resulting decade of kingdom repression. Le Sueur exhibits that Algeria is on the very center of up to date debates approximately Islam and secular democracy, arguing that the soundness of Algeria is important for the safety of the broader heart East. Algeria on the grounds that 1989 is a full of life and crucial exam of ways the destiny of 1 state is entwined with a lot higher worldwide issues.
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That meant that Algeria could not depend solely on its energy sector. 26 With more demands being placed on the state and with more educated citizens expecting to find employment, the burdens on the state soon outweighed its own rent-produced resources. Part of the problem was generated by the Boumediene-era technocrats’ unyielding ideological commitment to keep foreign investors out of the newly created monopoly. 27 Unfortunately, it translated into serious problems because Algeria had neither the skills nor the resources to fully exploit the oil and gas reserves, and, equally important, it could not properly maintain the equipment it did have.
11 Both the Berber question and the dispute with Morocco presented important challenges for Algerian leaders, and both would fester for decades. 12 The move to arabize the populations (both Arab and Berber) was spectacular in many ways, but suggested a political agenda that did not completely map onto the linguistic and cultural realities of Algeria: both because Algerian dialectical Arabic did not exist in a standardized written form, and because there was a sizable Berber population that did not share the notion of a homogenized Arab identity of the people.
Boumediene’s supporters argue that only his strong and uncompromising (albeit authoritarian) political leadership could have pulled Algeria from the economic chaos into which Ben Bella’s quixotic tactics had plunged the country after independence. Pointing to a swift national turn-around, his supporters thus contend that Boumediene rapidly accelerated Algeria’s rate of growth, especially in key economic sectors, including major construction projects, education, health care, and other basic societal needs.