The Algerian uprising known as the hirak is about to reach its second anniversary. Stalled by the COVID pandemic and confronting powerful entrenched interests, the protestors face crucial political choices. The current state of the movement and its possible future are discussed by three leading observers.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is a professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs. A historian and an Arabist, he has also been visiting professor at Columbia University and Georgetown University. His books and articles about contemporary Islam and the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages. They include Apocalypse in Islam, and Arab Revolution, Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising. He also wrote the script of Best of Enemies, a graphic novel about the US in the Middle East.
Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche is professor of international conflict at the University of Algiers. She also teaches at the High Institute of Studies in National Security and is a researcher with the Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Développement. She published Global Security Watch―The Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia with Yahia H. Zoubir.
Adlène Meddi is a journalist and literary writer. Former editor-in-chief of El Watan Weekend, contributor to the French magazine Le Point and the online newspaper Middle East Eye (in English), he published Jours Tranquilles à Alger (Riveneuve, 2016) with Mélanie Matarese. He is also the author of three political thrillers on Algeria, Le casse-tête turc (2002), La prière du Maure (2008) and 1994 (2018, Prix transfuge du meilleur polar francophone) with Barzakh.
Madeleine Dobie is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia.
This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Maison Française and Alliance Program.