Tunisia’s Security Nightmare Predates the Arab Spring

March 18, 2015

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’s Democratization: Learning from the Disasters of Others

January 30, 2014

The Tunisian democratization process is an outcome of negative developments in Arab states. Once again, Tunisia is now considered to be the democratic frontrunner in the Arab world as well as the last remaining hope of the Arab Spring. Its new constitution, passed by the National Constituent...

Tunisia: New Government, Old Ways?

January 08, 2014

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: Skirting Along a Precipice That Leads to Failed Statedom?

January 08, 2014

Tunisia seems to have become fertile ground for jihadist groups. On December 14, 2013, Tunisia’s ruling Islamists reached an agreement with opposition parties choosing Mehdi Jomaa, the current Tunisian industry minister, to serve as interim prime minister until elections in 2014. Jomaa, a...

Tunisia: Between Democracy and Chaos

November 20, 2013

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)

November 07, 2013

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)

October 27, 2013

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)

October 22, 2013

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)

October 15, 2013

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...

Caught Between Two Identities: Women’s Movements in Morocco and Tunisia (Part 2/2)

September 28, 2013

Women’s movements in Morocco and Tunisia are at a crossroads. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Moroccan and Tunisian women’s movements have encountered both institutional and individual level resistance from state and society following the recent Arab...

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