In February, ten days after strongman president Abelaziz Bouteflika announced his candidacy for a fifth term, Algerians took to the streets in massive peaceful protests in what has become know as the “Revolution of Smiles.” While protesters successfully forced Bouteflika’s resignation, over two decades of historical violence, repression and corruption leave the country’s future uncertain.

Will the successful of the protests translate into much needed progress in key areas like youth unemployment? And what does Algeria’s political and economic stability mean for both its African and European neighbors?

Find out on this episode of our podcast Global!


Our host Francesca Gortzounian (@FrancescaGortz) speaks to:



Mr. Samy Boukailia

President & Founding Member | Cercle d’Action et de Reflexion autour de l’Enterprise (CARE)


Dr. Dalia Ghanem

Resident Scholar | Carnegie Middle East Center, Co-Director | Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States

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