Washington DC -  The United States has long been on the sidelines watching Frances’s foreign policy agenda dictates the course of events in North Africa. However, as Algeria enters a period of political uncertainty and military insecurity, the U.S. with help from allies in Europe and the Maghreb may have to take the lead in securing a civil and peaceful transition of power from the ailing President Bouteflika. If Algeria collapses the Mediterranean will smolder.

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Hassan Masiky was born in Kenitra, Morocco, and is based in Washington as a blogger and freelance writer.