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Experts on Algerian Conflict to Speak at Creighton

Experts on Algerian Conflict to Speak at Creighton

In the 1990’s, Algeria was the scene of savage conflict between radical Islamists and state authorities. More than 200, 000 people died. Today, the country is attempting to reconstitute, but faces political instability, pressing economic and social problems, bad governance and a disenfranchised youth, according to leading scholars.

Two of North America’s leading experts on Algeria will join in a panel discussion on the country’s recent violent history and present the challenges at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on Creighton University’s campus.

John Entelis, Ph.D., will present “Death by Design: The Rational Calculus in the Algerian Civil War in the 1990s.”Entelis is a professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, New York. He is the co-author of numerous scholarly publications on the comparative and international politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

James Le Sueur, Ph.D., will present “Intellectuals and Reconciliation: Thinking through Algeria’s Amnesty and the Debate over Collective Amnesia from within the Prism of Exile.” He will also show some of his current documentary project on the subject. Le Sueur is an associate professor of history at University of Nebraska Lincoln. His interest is in French colonial history and contemporary Algerian history with an expertise in colonialism and decolonization, modern France, and Islam.

Oussama Kharchi, a visiting Algerian scholar, will respond to the presentations.


The panel is sponsored by the Fr. Henry W. Casper S.J. Professorship of History, the University Committee on Lectures, Films, and Concerts and the Non-western Studies Grant.

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