Algeria

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#33
6

Communities at risk

Berbers, Saharawi

Summary

Algeria ranked 33rd in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index and fell six places from 2016’s ranking. Algeria rose seven places in the table in 2016, reflecting both communal conflict between Arab and Mozabite (Amazigh) communities in Ghardaia and continued clashes between the Algerian army and Islamist groups. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Jund al-Khalifa and other… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2017 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts2
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0003
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance7.9
Rise of factionalized elites7.1
Voice and Accountability-0.853
Political Stability-1.046
Rule of Law-0.831
OECD country risk classification4
TOTAL11.983

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Algeria ranked 33rd in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index and fell six places from 2016’s ranking.

Algeria rose seven places in the table in 2016, reflecting both communal conflict between Arab and Mozabite (Amazigh) communities in Ghardaia and continued clashes between the Algerian army and Islamist groups. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Jund al-Khalifa and other such groups evolved from a splinter faction of the old Groupe Armée Islamique, a principal in Algeria’s civil war. They command little popular support, but the civil war was sufficiently recent (ending in 2002) and the violence sufficiently terrible (up to 150,000 deaths) that any indication of a return to the practices of the ‘sale guerre’ is a potent threat. Armed Islamists based in Algeria claimed responsibility for the Bamako hotel attack in neighbouring Mali in November 2015.