Tag: Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali

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...

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...

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...

Tunisia and the IMF: A Positive Economic Outlook

Tunisia and the IMF: A Positive Economic Outlook

The international community still trusts Tunisia’s economic and financial capacities. As mentioned in my previous article for Fair Observer, Tunisia's future essentially depends on political stability and security. Thus, a few days after the political assassination of Chokri...

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

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...

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