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Algeria and the Cold War: International Relations and the Struggle for Autonomy

Algeria and the Cold War: International Relations and the Struggle for Autonomy
Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas

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Throughout the Cold War, Africa was a theatre for superpower rivalry. That the U.S and the Soviet Union used countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to their own advantage is well-known. Sub-Saharan countries also exploited Cold War hostilities in turn. But what role did countries in North Africa play?This book offers an international history of U.S-Algerian relations at the height of the Cold War. The Algerian president, Houari Boumediene, actively adjusted Algeria's foreign policy to promote the country's national development, pursuing its own commitment to non-alignment and 'Third World' leadership. Algeria's foreign policy was directly opposed to that of the U.S on major issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and Western Sahara conflict and the Algerian government was avowedly socialist. Yet, as this book outlines, Algeria was able to negotiate a position for itself between the U.S and the Soviet bloc, winning support from both and becoming a key actor in international affairs. Based on materials from recently opened archives, this book sheds new light on the importance of Boumediene's era in Algeria and will be an essential resource for historians and political scientists alike.

Author Info

Mohamed Lakhdar Ghettas is currently Project Officer at the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva and previously he initiated the Maghreb Studies Initiative within the Africa Affairs Programme at the London School of Economics IDEAS Centre for Diplomacy and Strategy. He has published several articles on the international affairs of North Africa and the Middle East. His PhD in International History is from LSE.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784535155
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2017
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 138

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