Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

July 13, 2013

Tunisia's experience of Islamism has changed the lens through which many now view Syria. As the Obama administration has parried pressures to enmesh the United States more deeply in Syria's murderous civil war, last year's high tide of international insistence on Bashar al-Assad's...

Islam, Politics and the Arab Uprisings

February 17, 2013

A brief look at the interplay of Islam and political thought at a time when Islamist movements are gaining unprecedented access to the highest levels of power. Background The history of Islam and politics encompasses a wide variety of thinkers and political ideas. It is pivotal to understand...

Tunisia’s Constitution: The Battle for Islam and Democracy

December 07, 2012

After nearly two years since Ben Ali's ouster, En-Nahda's commitment to democratic principles remains unclear. While the party appears to defend certain core democratic institutions, its stance towards Salafism and women’s rights appears to push in a new direction. As Tunisia drafts its new...