Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism, with an emphasis on Algeria. Recently, she wrote a paper on Algeria’s northeastern border region, titled Algeria’s Borderlands: A Country Unto Themselves, examining how the illicit trade affects life there, and how relations  have affected state formation in the country. To discuss her paper and the situation in Algeria more generally, Diwan interviewed Ghanem in early June.

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