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Tunisia Has A Democracy, If They Can Keep It | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.23.2014 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Tunisia, where the Arab Spring first arose, has a new democratically elected government following presidential elections over the weeken...

Defeat Could Turn Out an Advantage for Tunisia's Islamists

David Hearst | Posted 12.29.2014 | Home
David Hearst

Tunisia is a small country with a big audience. The process of electing a parliament and a president matters, not only because it keeps the democratic process alive, but also for the signals it sends the rest of the Arab world. Tunisia, the cradle of the revolution, keeps on setting the agenda.

Tunisia Is Where The Arab Spring Worked -- And Why

The European | Florian Guckelsberger and Lars Mensel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Home

Florian Guckelsberger and Lars Mensel of The European sat down with Rafik Abdessalem -- the former foreign minister of Tunisia and a leading member of...

10 Things The World Should Know About Tunisia's Elections

Al Huffington Post | Monia Ben Hamadi | Posted 10.29.2014 | Home

On October 23, 2011, the Tunisian people elected a Constituent Assembly in their first ever “free” elections, which were organized following the p...

Tunisia's Donor Assistance Glossed Over Sectors Related to Economy

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.26.2014 | Home
Mehrunisa Qayyum

With Tunisia's new technocratic government taking office as caretaker, economic reform remains one of the legacy challenges since Ennahda won power in 2011.

Can Democrats and Jihadists Coexist in Tunisia?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

While Tunisia has been spared the large-scale human rights abuses and chaotic turmoil of the other post-Arab Spring states, a growing al Qaeda presence threatens to destabilize the country and undermine the democratic aspirations that fueled the Jasmine Revolution.

Tunisia and the U.S. Share Common Ground: Dissatisfied Citizens

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In one country: a government shuts down resulting almost 83 percent of its citizens disapproving of its elected legislators. In another country: a government steps down in response to its citizens disapproval, which represented 72 percent of the total Tunisian population.

Arab Spring: Alive and Well in Tunisia

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
James Zogby

It appears that Tunisians, like the Egyptians before them, have had enough of the Muslim Brotherhood party and want a change in direction in their country.

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'...

Tunisia: Anti-Islamist MP Shot and Killed on Republic Day

Amira Yahyaoui | Posted 09.24.2013 | Home
Amira Yahyaoui

For better or worse, Tunisia might be following the example of Egypt and starting its own rebellion. Unless social violence and government incompetence become so banal that Tunisians fail to react to the second political assassination of its democratic transition.

Tunis Hints of Backpedaling on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 08.30.2013 | Home
Jeffrey Laurenti

Tunisia's own transition has been rockier than its quick disappearance from our media radar screen might lead us to think, and Tunisians' experience of Islamist politics has changed the lens through which many here now view Syria.

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.

Arabian Night

Layla Demay | Posted 03.31.2013 | Home
Layla Demay

The last time I was in Tunisia it was a few months after the fall of Ben Ali, and I wonder how much the country has changed now that a transition government led by the Islamist party Ennahda is in charge.

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Celebrating Independence Goes Beyond Parties, Candidates and Constitutions

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 09.09.2012 | Home
Mehrunisa Qayyum

We needed time to build our emotional and physical identity. So why is it that we are so critical of other nations, like Egypt and Tunisia, which have barely had a year to finalize their new constitutions, or a four-year term to test out their newly elected parties?

The Inevitable Islamist Domination in the New Arab Democracies

Christopher Reeve | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Christopher Reeve

What is perhaps the most interesting advantage for Islamists is the inevitably split secular vote. Like elsewhere in the world, people who believe in secularism do not necessarily agree on social and economic policy.

Tunisia's Revolution, an Example for the Region?

John L. Esposito | Posted 03.31.2012 | Home
John L. Esposito

"People thought: you get democracy, you get jobs," Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki explained to us, as he described the fragility and urgency of the situation facing his government.

Islamists Facing Tests

Philip Seib | Posted 01.08.2012 | Home
Philip Seib

Muslims must decide if faith and freedom are to coexist. As they decide, a primary task is to make democracy more than a matter of electoral politics and instead embrace the notion of a democratic culture.

Arab Spring, Islamic Harvest: Tunisia Goes to the Polls

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 12.29.2011 | Home
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The feeling toward Ennahda among many Tunisians, as is the case elsewhere with Islamist parties in the Arab world is, in a nutshell, "They're clean. Let's give them a try."