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Tunisia is a sign of hope in a region beset by problems. It has managed to overcome the initial Islamist push democratically and succeeded in a smooth transition to the rule of law. On paper at least, this is a defeat for movements inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is still too early to say whether the Salafi movement and the Brotherhood have been relegate...
Tunisia was the scene of the first uprising in the Arab Spring, but three years on it still has an interim parliament, high unemployment – especially among young people – and foreign investment is drying up. International donors have been encouraged by the new constitution to offer loans and aid, but regulatory burdens, corruption and cronyism are still pervasive a...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Tunisia was the first country to overthrow its rulers in the Arab Spring, but it is split between Islamist factions and those who want to preserve and extend its secular values. Elections have been delayed and the economy, particularly the vital tourism sector, has declined. The nation must decide which direction to take – possibly as a bridge between Africa, the A...
A Tunisian man burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police and sparked pro-democracy rebellions across the Middle East. That was nearly two years ago and the West welcomed what it saw as a move towards democracy and freedom of religion and speech. But the revolutions have strengthened the influence of Sunni Islamists who reject these values. While...