The Cold War and its Impacts on Algeria By Abbie Derr
Algeria forced America to help them become independent by manipulating them. They claimed that their attitude towards the West would be based off how Algeria won their independence. The U.S. did not want communist enemies in Africa, so they pushed France to negotiate independence with Algeria.
We want independence and you, America, will help us!
Algeria had a close relationship with the USSR during the 1970s and 1980s. Moscow was the main supplier of arms to Algeria and made up 70%-80% of Algeria's inventory.
Send them to Algeria.
Algeria lost their economic assistance from the USSR because the Soviet Union was facing internal issues. Algeria soon looked to America for help. The U.S.A. gave $25.8 million in financial assistance to Algeria and Algeria bought $1 million in U.S. imports. America also imported oil from Algeria as well.
We need oil!
Algeria's foreign policy is strongly nationalistic and anti-western, and they especially disliked America. After Algeria became independent, they started supporting independence movements by giving arms, funding, and training.
After Algeria became independent and the French left, the economy dropped because the French had many jobs. Shortly after independence, Algeria decided to model their economy after the Soviets and focus on industrialization. The country was also soon overrun by Russian and East Bloc technicians.