Blog entries from: The Moor Next Door

Maghreb Affairs :: Geopolitics :: International Relations

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July 20 2014

From The Moor Next Door Sun Jul 20 2014, 11:32:25

This blogger published a brief piece for World Politics Review on vulnerabilities and risks in light of the re-election of Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz in Mauritania, and continued western support for his government. Aziz is seen as a reliable counterterrorism partner in much of the west and Algiers. There are many things at work that make him an effective [...]

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April 16 2014

From The Moor Next Door Wed Apr 16 2014, 15:20:52

Late last year this blogger published a partial analysis of the discourse and geopolitical focus areas of El Djeich, the official journal of the Algerian military for a trade journal (readers may inquire if they like via the 'About This Blog' page). The piece focused on 2012 as a year of crisis for the region and Algeria [...]

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April 9 2014

From The Moor Next Door Wed Apr 9 2014, 17:26:21

In the comments accompanying the FLN party sketch posted to this blog yesterday, this blogger wrote in passing that the RND (an FLN spin off that emerged in 1997 and has been the secondary party in the ruling coalition since) was organized on lines similar to the FLN. It has never been as powerful as the [...]

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April 8 2014

From The Moor Next Door Tue Apr 8 2014, 18:54:02

The image below is a sketch of the FLN party structure as described here, on its website. This description differs from past descriptions in some academic texts as well as on the party's old website and in some flyers from several years ago. Past descriptions describe a larger number of committees for a wider variety [...]

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April 7 2014

From The Moor Next Door Mon Apr 7 2014, 17:33:54

Prêcher dans le désert: islam politique et changement social en Mauritanie (Karthala, 2013) by Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem, the preeminent scholar working on political Islam and religious social movements in Mauritania, chronicles the history of Mauritania's Islamist sub-cultures and political trends from the time of independence through the present. It brings together two decades of work [...]

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March 30 2014

From The Moor Next Door Sun Mar 30 2014, 21:48:50

Some sections worth highlighting from 'From Revolution to Domestication: The Foreign Policy of Algeira,' in Bahgat Korany and Dessouki, Ali E. Hillal, The Foreign Policies of Arab States: The Challenges of Change, Second Edition, Westview, 1991, pp. 125. Today many conversations about Abdelaziz Bouteflika re about his age, his health, his expressions, and other features of [...]

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March 21 2014

From The Moor Next Door Fri Mar 21 2014, 16:04:54

C'est enfin l'armée qui a choisi Bouteflika en 1999, vingt ans après l'avoir écarté. Hélas pour elle, l'arrivée aux affaires de ce dernier a considérablement réduit l'influence des militaires sur la vie politique. À tel point qu'en 2004 le chef d'état-major Mohamed Lamari (décédé en 2012) et une partie de la hiérarchie militaire se sont [...]

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February 25 2014

From The Moor Next Door Tue Feb 25 2014, 09:02:23

An excellent piece at Jadaliyya by Thomas Seres [link] describes the Algerian regime as an 'economic cartel [. . .] an assemblage of actors that controls a field (the State), and must agree on certain things in order to assure its benefits -- whether they are material or symbolic'. This is among the best descriptions [...]

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From The Moor Next Door Tue Feb 25 2014, 09:02:23

An excellent piece at Jadaliyya by Thomas Seres [link] describes the Algerian regime as an 'economic cartel [. . .] an assemblage of actors that controls a field (the State), and must agree on certain things in order to assure its benefits -- whether they are material or symbolic'. This is among the best descriptions [...]

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February 14 2014

From The Moor Next Door Fri Feb 14 2014, 20:08:54

This blogger wrote a briefing piece on some issues around succession and elite conflict in Algerian politics for World Politics Review 13 February. Link (Note: This article is behind a paywall; email at the address provided on the About/Contact page for full text, or click on one of the links on Twitter).  Filed under: Africa, Algeria, Boulitique, [...]

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