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Tunisia's Unfinished Revolution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.25.2017 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Few would dispute the significant advances Tunisians have made towards democratization since escaping Ben Ali's dictatorship in 2011. But these accomplishments have remained elitist matters, viewed with apathy by the wider population.

Five Years After the Revolution, Tunisia Is Sliding Back to the Past

Amira Yahyaoui | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Amira Yahyaoui

TUNIS, Tunisia -- Exactly five years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia's revolutionary achievements have disappeared. Once considered the country that resisted the chaos that took over most of the MENA region after 2011, it seems to be sliding back into its pre-revolutionary situation. There is only one cause for this: poor leadership.

In the Middle East, Islamists Are not the Enemies of Democracy

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
John L. Esposito

The majority of Muslims see no real contradiction between Islam and democracy. Today, the most profound struggles in the Middle East are between democratic visions, whether secularist or religious, and authoritarianism, whether secularist or religious.

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | Home
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

As Goes Egypt, So Goes Tunisia? Not Quite

Freedom House | Posted 10.09.2013 | Home
Freedom House

by Russell Raymond Program Associate, Middle East and North Africa In the past week, dueling demonstrations have occupied public spaces in Tunisia'...

Bravo for Tunisia: Hope Springs Eternal

Raymond Baker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Home
Raymond Baker

The repatriation of $28.8 million of Ben Ali's stolen assets is a victory for the people of Tunisia. Now, let's try to keep it there.

Democratic Rhapsody and Anxiety in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Danny Postel | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Danny Postel

The fear is that the growing climate of violence, intimidation and polarization could rip the fabric of Tunisian society apart, just as this new democratic space and culture of pluralism are forming. But I left the country feeling optimistic that, despite all its challenges, Tunisia will navigate these waters and find its way forward.

Implications of Political Change in the Central African Republic

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.07.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

If we consider what has happened in countries such as Mali and Sudan, and what is now happening in the CAR, it appears that radical political change in the failed or failing states of SSA is the new normal.

Tunisia One Year Later: More of the Same but Hope for Change

Sophie-Alexandra Aiachi | Posted 12.23.2012 | Home
Sophie-Alexandra Aiachi

The Constitution has not been drafted, the date of the next election has not been set, and we continue to plod through the various crises agitating our society and an economy that does not stop sinking.

The Invisible Arab: As Not Seen on TV

Eunice Roque | Posted 04.09.2012 | Home
Eunice Roque

They took everyone by surprise, including themselves," reads the introduction to The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution, a new book by Marwan Bishara, Senior Political Analyst for Al Jazeera English.

Arab Spring, Islamist Winter?

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Rabah Ghezali

Contrary to this recent pessimism, there is strong reason to believe that the Arab spring will spread in the short term and succeed over the longer term.

Arab Youth Energy Fuels Democratic Revolutions

James Denselow | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
James Denselow

Jean-Pierre Filiu's book "The Arab Revolution" is timely to say the least, offering a short but concise series of historical perspectives and modern analyses to form 10 lessons from what he terms the "democratic uprising."

Revolutionary Travel

Judie Fein | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Judie Fein

About a month ago, my husband Paul and I were en route to Tunisia, which was largely calm and peaceful, to see what the revolution was like on the ground. In my experience, there is media, and then there is reality.

Tehran's Dilemma in Trying to Have It Both Ways

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alireza Jafarzadeh

To no one's surprise, the regime ruling Iran is watching the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, searching for a way to exploit the outcomes to its advantage.

Oscar Nod Should Go to Saudi King Abdullah

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Francis

The script that should be paid attention to is that Saudi's King will run the oil world until Middle East tumult threatens his family's power.

Adventures In Tunisia And Crowdfunding

Aida Alami | Posted 08.22.2016 | Impact
Aida Alami

Berlin reporter Jabeen Bhatti and I created a project on the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter to help fund a trip to Tunisia to go to ground, talking to people and figuring out what is really going on, then telling those stories.

A Traveler's Take on Tunisia

Ken Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ken Fish

It was no surprise to learn that George Lucas filmed some of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars in Tunisia: its desert landscape is indeed alien and has a stark, evocative beauty.

5.7 Million Reasons for Duvalier to Return to Haiti

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark V. Vlasic

Why would Duvalier, a Haitian living in France, care about a law change in Switzerland? Money -- that's why.

Two Days in Cairo

Benjamin Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Benjamin Rosenbaum

When I woke up, it was made immediately clear that there was no other option than to leave Egypt. Things were still incredibly hectic. Use of the internet and cell phones was still blocked.

The Trouble With Hosni

Will Stebbins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Will Stebbins

The regime has not given up on Mubarak, and is resolved to fight. The critical question continues to be whether the army will fire on demonstrators if so ordered.

Former Dictator Seeks Housing/Long Term Exile

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

If Hosni Mubarak were logging into Craiglist these days, it might look something like this. Click on image to make it larger....

US Tacit Support for Mideast Autocrats Reeks of Short-Sightedness, Undermines US Interests

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ahmed Rehab

The US government's blurry vision when it comes to the Arab world is a victim of its own simplistic two-bit approach to the region: lust for oil and fear of Islamism.

Inshaallah Twitter

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Parvez Sharma

While it is still too early to call the protests in Egypt a revolution, Cairo has been under siege for 48 hours. The three-decade long rule of a despot -- and the country's role as an American ally -- is being challenged.

The Lessons of Tunisia

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Joy. Wonder. This moment, always astounding, when the power we thought eternal vacillates, cracks, crumbles like a castle made of sand.

Ben Ali in Saudi Arabia

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeff Danziger