Nationalist Unrest in Mediterranean Africa
Because the United States is developing in the North African littoral a network of air bases and a line of communications for European defense, this country has a direct interest in maintaining conditions of stability in the latest region to be hit by outbreaks of nationalist violence.
In Libya, which has recently attained an independent status, precaution against disorder is largely a straightforward matter of extending economic and technical aid, although anti-Western feeling is being fostered by Arab League activities there. The problem is far more complex in the three northwest African dependencies of France, where Arab nationalist groups are actively contesting French authority.
The French position is strongest in Algeria, politically a part of metropolitan France and therefore within the North ...