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The book title "opacity to complexity" is in regard to the Algerian state. What are the main features of this opacity?

One of the main features of this opacity is the fundamental role of the security services. Since independence, the state in Algeria has remained under the influence and control of the military, and its organs have composed a large part of the state apparatus and political institutions since the end of the Boumediene presidency (1965-1979). In this time, they have considered themselves as the supporting wall of the Algerian building. Moreover, parallel to the accessible and observable institutional/formal political scene, another developed and consolidated...

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Débat à l'occasion de la publication de Gouverner dans la violence. Le paramilitarisme en Colombie.*

 

 

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Jacobo Grajales, auteur, maître de conférences à l'université Lille 2, membre du CERAPS

 

 

 

Introduction et présidence : Jean-François Bayart, directeur de la collection, chercheur associé au CERI, directeur de la chaire d’Études africaines comparées à l'université Mohamed VI Polytechnique à Raba; professeur à l’Institut des hautes études internationales et du développement de Genève

 

Discutant : Laurent Gayer, chargé de recherche CNRS à Sciences Po-CERI

 

 

 

*Collection du CERI "Recherches internationales", Editions Karthala, mai 2016


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Dans le cadre du Groupe de Recherche sur l'Analyse du Vigilantisme du CERI

 


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Enrique Desmond Arias, George Mason University, Washington

 

 

Responsables scientifiques : Laurent Gayer (Sciences Po-CERI/CNRS) et Laurent Fourchard (Sciences Po-CERI)

 

 

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Illustration: Philip Dawe (attribué à), "The Bostonians Paying the Excise-man, or Tarring and Feathering" (1774)


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