USA: Reference book on Algeria published in Washington

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WASHINGTON-The Washington-based think tank, Transatlantic Leadership Network, published a reference book on Algeria, retracing the country’s potential and the long tradition of close relations with the United States (US).

As a result of a collaboration with the Forum of Business Leaders, the book aims, according to its authors, to “encourage the American public to consider the untapped potential of the cooperation offered by Algeria in a multitude of sectors. ”

In recent years Algerians and Americans have shown an increased interest in understanding each other and strengthening their cooperation, however, the challenges are many, while the opportunities are more numerous, added the same source.

The book entitled “Algeria and Transatlantic Relations” is co-authored by Sacha Toperich, Vice President of the Think Tank, Jonathan Roberts, Project Manager at the Think Tank, and Samy Boukaila, CEO of BKL Industries.

For the writing of this volume, the authors relied on twenty contributions, written by political actors, experts and former leaders in the economic sector to provide insights on the history, realities of Algeria and the evolution of its relations with the United States.

Among the contributors to this collective work;  Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, the historical leader of the FLN federation in France, Ali Haroun, former Minister and former CEO of Sonatrach, Abdelmadjid Attar and economists, Mouloud Hedir and Salah Brahimi.

The initiative should contribute to strengthening the communication channels between the two countries, said Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Abdelkader Bouazghi who attended the launch ceremony of the book, organized on Monday evening at the Congress, evoking strong bilateral relations that go back far in history.

The book marks, in short, “a new stage” in the development of transatlantic cooperation between Algeria and the United States, as presented by its authors.

The 368-page book is divided into five parts, including twenty chapters that evoke the story of Algeria going back to the Numidian era while shedding light on the major stages; the history of the country since the advent of Islam until the conquest of France and the struggle of the Algerian people for independence.

The third part of the book provides a retrospective look at the beginning of relations between independent Algeria and the United States and the post-independence period characterized by the two economic and social revolutions.

The book depicts, also, the black decade and national reconciliation undertaken by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika which allowed Algeria to defeat terrorism and devote itself to economic development through an ambitious program of reforms that has placed the country in a dynamic transition to break with oil dependency.

The last part of the book is devoted to transatlantic relations in which the expert Mouloud Hedir evokes the need for Algeria to find “a new anchor point”, excluding hydrocarbons, in its economic relations with the United States.

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