The United States established diplomatic relations with Algeria in 1962 following its independence from France. Algeria severed relations with the United States in 1967, in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War. Relations were reestablished in 1974.
The United States and Algeria consult closely on key international and regional issues such as law enforcement cooperation, both in the field of counterterrorism and in countering more conventional transnational crimes. The two countries have finalized language for a customs mutual assistance agreement and have signed a mutual legal assistance treaty. The United States and Algeria have conducted bilateral military exercises. Exchanges between the Algerian and U.S. militaries are frequent, Algeria has hosted senior U.S. military officials and ship visits, and the United States hosted an Algerian port visit for the first time this year.
Algeria remained relatively stable after the 2011 Arab Spring, despite its central location in a tumultuous region. Since March 2019, Algeria has been going through a period of transition that will determine its way forward politically. The United States views the Algerian government's responsiveness to its citizens' calls for political change, as well as the restraint and respect for human rights displayed by Algerian security forces, as welcome steps towards democratic reform.