Non-intervention has long been a touchstone of Algerian foreign policy: the country has been a key player in the non-aligned movement since the 1960s. But, in the wake of the 2013 In Amenas attack – launched from Libya – the spectre of a failed state on its eastern border is spurring Algeria to engagement in Libya.

The ongoing crisis in neighboring Libya, with the country close to civil war and oil fields under attack (see p14), is forcing Algeria to take a more visible role in international efforts to bring stability in the region. UN-led talks between the leaders of Libya’s warring factions were hosted in Algiers on 10 March. (CONTINUED - 1776 WORDS)