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Tunisia appears to have emerged from four years of instability following the world’s first Arab Spring protests. A new constitution and now a new coalition government could place the country on the road to democracy and economic reforms. But change is difficult after 23 years of autocratic rule and there is a danger of further unrest unless social problems and pove...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Tunisia initiated the Arab Spring wave which toppled decades of dictatorship in several countries. Its success in charting a course for itself after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011 will allow its people to move into a new era of fairer political representation, sustainable economic development and wider social inclusion. It will a...
Dr. Carole Nakhle
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 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...
The first free vote in the Arab Spring saw an Islamist party emerge victorious in Tunisia. Now one of its key tasks is to entrench stability within the country after a successful popular revolution which ousted a president who had ruled for more than 20 years. GIS expert Bernard Siman gives this briefing on the challenges facing Tunisia and its people.