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Scientists had hoped that 2001 would be a bright spot for Algerian research, when earlier this year the government approved unprecedented investments in science, with the goal of luring back talented Algerians working abroad.

But that momentum was halted by the Kabylie riots and was reversed following the 11 September terrorist attacks in the United States.

As a result, dozens of projects have been left in limbo and many researchers looking to do fieldwork are pessimistic about a quick resumption of their work.

Reference: Science 294, 2283 (2001)