WASHINGTON-The United States must reappraise their relationship with Algeria "to lavergae its constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in North Africa and the Sahel region," the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) said.
In a note entitled "Taking Stock of U.S. Policy Options in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia" published this week in Washington, the FPRI stated that US need to deeply reappraise their relationship with each countries of the Maghreb.
"In spite of shared interests, Washington’s policy focus and priority in the Maghreb region suffers a knowledge gap in respect to North Africa’s largest country," author of the note Vish Sakthivel stressed.
"Algeria, for its part, has remained a behemoth in regional mediation while its changing internal politics has received minimal attention," the FPRI said, advocating "targeted and smarter partnerships with Algeria to leverage its constructive role in maintaining stability and brokering peace in the North Africa/Sahel region."
In this regard, the FPRI recalled that "U.S. relations with Algeria "have had several high points" that could strengthen these partnerships, recalling that "presidential candidate John F. Kennedy expressed support for Algerian independence and the Algeria's invaluable mediation in releasing the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1981."
"Moreover, Algeria has slowly risen in importance in terms of U.S. geostrategic and economic interests," the same source highlighted.
"Algeria’s foreign policy position-marked by economic nationalism, non-alignment, national sovereignty, non-intervention, and support for liberation struggles in the global south- is formed by its long, painful battle against the entrenched French occupation," the author stressed.