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Although Algeria saw some uprisings in the early 2011 the scale and the outcome of these uprisings were not like those in Libya Tunisia and Egypt The fact that the regime didnot change in Algeria during the Arab Spring of 2011 has made many think that the Algerian civil war of 1992-2002 has acted as a shot in the arm for the Algerian state and it has immunized Algeriaagainst the Arab Spring But Algeria had its spring more than two decades prior to the Arab Spring of 2011 Bruce Riedelargues that even in 2011 Algerian spring preceded the Tunisian uprising It is true that wide spread and publicized protests broke out across Algeria in the first half of January 2011 but these were a continuation of protests that started in late 2010 These protests however subsided at the same speed that they broke out due to various reasons which will be discussed shortly There is no doubt that the decade long civil war as well as the price which the ordinary Algerians paid for it being killed by either by the Islamists or the army has had many Algerians to perceive that another uprising could bring back more of the same But such an argument alone is inadequate for to explain why and how the Algerian regime was able to counter and contain the revolutionary fervor in the early 2011 to date Several issues such as the role of international community oil and the regimes experience with Islamist parties in the past as well as multiparty politics played crucial roles in enabling the regime to retain its powerThe Algerian Arab Spring occurred on 4 October 1988 and in the outskirts of the capital city of Algiers About 20000 ordinary Algerians took to the streets and protested the dire socioeconomic conditions In response to the weeklong protests President Chadli Bendjadid promised to end one-party rule and to change the constitution in a referendum in order to
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