The Algeria Bouteflika Built

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Throughout much of my time in the country, this creepy poster of Algerians sporting Bouteflika's eyes graced a wall of the Houari Boumediene International Airport in Algiers.

As its title suggests, my new book, The Algerian Dream: Youth and the Quest for Dignity, is the story of a nation, especially its young generation. But one individual's name recurs repeatedly in that story: Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Perhaps no man did more than Bouteflika, the country's president from 1999 to 2019, to shape the Algeria in which that young generation's "quest for dignity" began—or to make their quest necessary in the first place.

Bouteflika, the man so many Algerians (only half jokingly) kidded might outlive them all, died last week, leaving behind a complicated legacy but one that did few favors to his countrymen who survive him, particularly the youth who will be forced to live with the impact of his actions (and his inaction) for years to come.

Bouteflika's legacy and its implications for Algeria's future are the subject of my latest piece for the Atlantic Council, where I am now a nonresident senior fellow for North Africa.

Read the full article at the Atlantic Council MENASource blog: "Mourned by some, cursed by others, former President Bouteflika left Algeria ill-prepared for the future."

Book Launch: 'The Algerian Dream' Is Here!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Algerian Dream Youth and the Quest for Dignity by Andrew G. Farrand; Publisher: New Degree Press; Release date: September 1, 2021; Formats: Paperback, E-book; Length: 394 pages; Language: English; Cover photographs: Sabri Benalycherif; Interior photographs: Andrew G. Farrand; Interior map: Amina Wafaa Berrais; Available now wherever fine books are sold.

The seeds of human progress are sowed by those who dare to dream—and it is their stories we should be celebrating.

That's the belief that motivated me to write my new book, The Algerian Dream: Youth and the Quest for Dignity. It's also what motivated me through the long journey to publication, a journey that ends today.

Today is the official worldwide release of The Algerian Dream, which is now available from booksellers worldwide.

I am grateful to so many people who helped me to write this book, and particularly to the many inspiring young Algerians who I met during my years in the country, and whose story is still being written. My hope is that this book will help outsiders better understand the dynamics shaping contemporary Algeria, paving the way for new generations of Algerians to tell their own stories to the outside world.

I invite readers everywhere to discover the book, and I look forward to your feedback!

More information:

  • Find full details about the book here, including where to buy it worldwide. (Yes, even in Algeria!)
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