Algeria, focus of reference book published in Washington

APS : Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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).
Fruit of a collaboration with the Business Leaders Forum (FCE), the book aims to “encourage American readers to consider Algeria’s unexploited multifaceted cooperation potential,” said authors.
In the recent years, Algerians and Americans showed increased interest in enhancing cooperation but there are many challenges and opportunities are more numerous, wrote authors.
Entitled Algeria & Transatlantic Relations, the book is co-written by Sacha Toperich, the think thank’s Deputy Chairperson, Jonathan Roberts, Project Manager and Samy Boukaila, CEO of BKL Industries.
Authors referred to works written by politicians, experts and former officials in the economic sector, with a view to giving an overview on Algeria’s history, realities and enhanced ties with the US.
The officials having contributed to writing this book include Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, the Head of the FLN party federation in France, Ali Haroun, former minister and CEO of Sonatrach group, Abdelmadjid Attar and economists Mouloud Hedir and Salah Brahimi.
The initiative to write this book contributes to boosting communication between Algeria and the US, stated Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Abdelkader Bouazghi, who attended the launch ceremony of the book, held Monday evening at the US Congress, highlighting strong bilateral relations that go back a long way in history.
Speaking on this occasion, Samy Boukaila said that the book aimed at “enhancing Algeria’s image” in the US.
The 368-page book is divided into five parts, containing some twenty chapters that relate the history of Algeria from the numid era while shedding light on the country’s major historical stages from the advent of Islam to the conquest of France and the Algerian people’s struggle for independence.
The third part of the book also provides a retrospective look at the beginning of relations between independent Algeria and the United States as well as at the post-independence period characterized by the two economic and social revolutions.
The book reviews the Black Decade and national reconciliation launched by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which enabled Algeria to defeat terrorism and focus on economic development through an ambitious reform programme that has placed the country in a transitional momentum to break with hydrocarbon dependence.

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