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April 18, 2014

Bouteflika’s Last Election

Yesterday was election day in Algeria, and President Bouteflika of course won re-election. Unfortunately, it is almost unheard of for an Arab president to run and be defeated-- one of the reasons the…

December 12, 2016

Arab Spring
How to Support Democracy in the Arab World

The Arab world’s stirring for political change in 2011 failed dramatically, but support for building democratic institutions still represents one of the region’s best hopes for reform.

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

April 29, 2014

Algeria’s Sad Inauguration

Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sworn in yesterday for his fourth term as President of Algeria, but there was no joy in Algiers or anywhere else in the country. Reuters reported that Bouteflika took the oa…

February 27, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Algeria, Young and Old

The median age of the Algerian population is 27 years, and 46 percent of the population is under the age of 24. But its president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is 76 years old, and is now set to take anothe…

July 12, 2012

Policy Initiative Spotlight: Subways That Leave the Driving to No One

In this Policy Initiative Spotlight, Renewing America contributor Steven J. Markovich looks at the implementation of driverless cars in subways, a trend that has seen growing  popularity in recent ye…

A new metro subway train arrives at the newly opened metro system in Algiers on October 31, 2011 (Ramzi Boudina/Courtesy Reuters).

May 22, 2013

Is Algeria the Next Crisis?

As the "Arab Spring" swept the fake republics of North Africa--Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt--Algeria seemed immune. Media reports dwelled on its stability (see this 2011 BBC and this 2012 Deutsche Welle…

Muammar Gaddafi and Abdelaziz Bouteflika

January 16, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Who’s Next After Tunisia?

Tunisia's President Ben Ali talks with Qatar emir Sheikh Hamad, Algeria's President Bouteflika and Syria's President Al-Assad as they pose for a family photograph at the Arab League summi…

Who’s Next After Tunisia?

February 16, 2011

Catching Up with the Middle East

People carry the body of a protester killed on Monday, February 14, 2011 in Bahrain. (Hamad I Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters) The Middle East has for decades seemed to be in permanent stasis, with little…

People carry the body of a protester killed on Monday, February 14, 2011 in Bahrain.