Algeria: The Next Fundamentalist State?
by Graham Fuller
This study is one of a series by the author on Islamic fundamentalism, or Islamism, in the Muslim world. This study is of particular policy interest because it deals with the prospect of a fundamentalist victory in Algeria, the largest and one of the most important Arab states. A fundamentalist takeover in Algeria will have major repercussions in the region. The author attempts to put such a takeover into perspective: What would it look like, and what would it mean for the West and the region? This problem is of intense interest not only to Washington but also to Western Europe, which would be the recipient of potential refugee flows and is already (and increasingly) dependent on Algerian natural gas. The author also looks at the Algerian case on a comparative basis: What does it tell us about the varieties of the broader international movement of political Islam?
Table of Contents
The Legacy: Algerian Political Culture
Conditions for the Emergence of Islamism in Algeria: the Failure of the FLN
How the FIS Built Power
Hypotheses on the FIS in Power: Domestic Policies
Hypotheses on the FIS in Power: Foreign Policy
The Struggle for Power: Confrontation or Reconciliation?
Implications for the United States
Book Review Excerpts
“An important contribution toward our understanding of the issues and political forces involved, and how they can (and do) affect the United States and Western Europe.”
– The Midwest Book Review
“Lay readers interested in contemporary Algeria have been largely out of luck, as most available books are out-of-date, unreadable, or excruciatingly expensive. Fuller’s report is none of these. In clear prose, he details the history of Algeria’s colonial struggle, the emergence of the National Liberation Front and of the Islamic Salvation Front.”
– Publishers Weekly