With the constant threat of al Qaeda looming domestically, Algeria has increased its level of international counter-terrorism cooperation, gaining experience in handling terrorist networks internationally and locally.
The collapse in oil prices is a major opportunity for the Algerian government to revise its economic choices and look for an alternative economy that dissociates from a rentier economy and moves toward diversified revenues independently from oil revenues.
The increase in the power of Hezbollah and Iran is a danger to Lebanese democracy. Even so, the selection of a new president will hopefully set the stage for parliamentary elections to finally occur after three years of delay.
Kuwaiti citizens are fed-up with the highly unproductive and unrepresentative 2013-parliament of both opposition and tribal groups. Thus the turnout for the upcoming elections is expected to be high with both political groups vying to make a comeback.
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