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Tunisia’s Security Nightmare Predates the Arab Spring

Tunisia’s Security Nightmare Predates the Arab Spring

Tunisia’s problem with radical Islamism has been steadily brewing since the days of the Ben Ali regime. Until now, Tunisia seemed to have escaped the worst of the violence that has beset the countries of the Arab Spring. Instead, this small nation, whose revolution for democracy and dignity...

Tunisia: New Government, Old Ways?

Tunisia: New Government, Old Ways?

Tunisia’s government reshuffling promises to change little for the country's impoverished population. About a year ago, in Los Angeles, I asked Jaco, a Tunisian-Jewish friend, for his thoughts on the post-Ben Ali Tunisian political situation. He thought about it for a second and summed...

Tunisia: Between Democracy and Chaos

Tunisia: Between Democracy and Chaos

Tunisia’s roadmap out of the crisis carries significant risks. More than two years after President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's ouster, political and social events, including prolonged anti-government protests, have led to a national dialogue among key stakeholders to resolve...

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 2/2)

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 2/2)

In the absence of other alternatives, Islamists were elected by default. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Fair Observer’s Middle East Editor, Manuel Langendorf, speaks to Mhamed Biygautane from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai — a renowned...

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 2/2)

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 2/2)

Tunisia struggles to define who the bearer of national legitimacy is. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The business world has also made its entrance in this field. “There is no allegiance except to Tunisia” (La wala’illa litunis), say immense billboards in all of...

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 1/2)

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 1/2)

In the absence of other alternatives, Islamists were elected by default. This is the first of a two part series. Political Islam is among the most controversially discussed issues in the Middle East and North Africa. While modern Islamist political thought traces its origin back to a rejection of...

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 1/2)

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom? (Part 1/2)

Tunisia struggles to define who the bearer of national legitimacy is. This is the first of a two part series. Tunisia is currently experiencing an intense hyperbolization of political sentiment. The glorification of the flag originates from multiple factors. Since the first demonstrations...

Beyond Islamism (Part 2/2)

Beyond Islamism (Part 2/2)

Muslim-majority societies are crying out for an intellectual revolution. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Perhaps it is time to review priorities, to shift the paradigm; perhaps it is time for political Islam to cease being intrinsically political. After a century of...

Beyond Islamism (Part 1/2)

Beyond Islamism (Part 1/2)

Muslim-majority societies are crying out for an intellectual revolution. This is the first of a two part series. Islamism — or “political Islam” — is not dead. Those who have proclaimed its demise, or trumpeted the advent of a “post-Islamist” era, are...

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