Algeria Modern. From Opacity to Complexity, London, Hurst Publishers/CERI Sciences Po, April 2016

 

Interview with the authors, Luis Martinez and Rasmus Alenius Boserup.

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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