The fierce debate raging inside the Algerian regime over interventionist action will continue. For now, North Africa’s “reluctant policeman” will no doubt stick to a number of its noninterventionist dogmas. However, should a cataclysmic event like In Amenas occur on Algerian soil once more, the country will probably have no choice but to take decisive action.
Imad Mesdoua is a political analyst specializing in the Maghreb and West Africa. He regularly provides on-air analysis as a guest commentator for the BBC, Al Jazeera and France24. Follow him on Twitter at @ImadMesdoua. This piece also appears here.
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