The Dynamics of Fear and Hope on a Frontier between Civilizations
The conclusion reviews historical cycles of change through which Algerians have moved since the late eighteenth century, with times of opening and hope for effective change, and times of repression and revolt when there is fear that any thoughtful, independent voice will be stifled. In such bleak times some of the best settings for creative innovation are marginal locations such as nineteenth century Damascus and twenty-first century Montreal. Statistics that reflect recent developments are considered such as the rising age of marriage, declining birth rates, and the high rank of Algeria in the Human Capital Flight Index. The epilogue suggests that the “Arab Spring” can be seen as a new era of opening and transition, and notes that Algeria has been remarkably quiet, perhaps because Algerians have learned through tragic experience that quiet negotiation for pragmatic change is the best way to proceed.
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