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- Prior to the disruptions that have swept the Middle East and North Africa since 2011, Algeria had achieved a comfortable balance between its internal and external strategic priorities.
- Regional security threats, including spillover effects linked to the insurgent forces in Mali and the fallout from the Libyan conflict, plus the wave of democratization and post-Arab spring Islamist electoral victories, are making key external relationships less predictable and more difficult to manage.
- Algeria now faces the challenge of repositioning itself both within a region in flux and in relation to its main international alliances with France, the US and - as its main supplier of arms - Russia. How it responds will determine its internal stability, its regional role and its relations with its foreign partners.