Three Years After the Hirak Began, Could War in Europe Extinguish Hope for Algeria’s Popular Movement?

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Algerians gather in central Algiers during a Hirak protest, July 2019

With international attention concentrated for weeks on Russian forces amassed at Ukraine’s borders, fewer resources have been spent anticipating the many second- and third-order effects that conflict between these two countries could trigger worldwide.

In light of its recent history, Algeria is one country whose fate could swing substantially based on Russia’s actions in eastern Europe.

Those are the opening lines of my latest analysis for the Atlantic Council, in which I explore how the looming possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine could impact Algerians' campaign for reform and accountable government.