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Pushing Algeria to the Limits of Nonintervention

May 18, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Algerian troops march during a military parade in Tripoli on September 1, 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary since Kadhafi seized power in the north African desert state.
Algerian troops march during a military parade in Tripoli on September 1, 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary since Kadhafi seized power in the north African desert state.
(MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria prides itself on its vehement respect for other states' sovereignty, but a mounting militancy threat on its doorstep is testing Algiers' long-standing policy of nonintervention. Its neighbors, many of which are ruled by unstable governments, are incapable of combating rising militant activity on their own. Once Algeria achieves some stability itself by choosing its next president, it may be forced to abandon its traditional foreign policy approach in favor of a more assertive military stance beyond its borders....

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