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...

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...

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 1/2)

September 19, 2013

Women’s movements in Morocco and Tunisia are at a crossroads. This is the first of a two part series. “This is a critical time. There are two steps in a revolution: You break it and then you build something new. That’s the hardest.” Moroccan and Tunisian women’s...

Tunisia and the IMF: A Positive Economic Outlook

July 25, 2013

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

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...

After the Revolts: Arab-West Relations (Part 1/2)

After decades of secular dictatorships, how will a new Middle East and North Africa alter centuries-old Arab-Western relations? This is the first of a two part series. Since December 2010, the Arab revolts have shaken an entire region. Uprisings, initiated by youth activists, have undoubtedly...

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