Tunisia News

Tunisian President on Islam, Politics and Extremism

May 21, 2015
On May 20, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi discussed challenges facing Tunisia at an event hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace. Essebsi, the founder of the secular Nidaa Tounes party, cited his country’s political system as a model for the region.

The Tragedy of Tunisia

Mar 19, 2015
"Lack of jobs is only one of several issues that have disillusioned Tunisia’s young and enticed some of them to militancy," writes Robin Wright.

Will Museum Terrorist Attack Derail Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy?

Mar 19, 2015
"The only thing that’s certain now is that if the Western world and Persian Gulf states do not help Tunisia tackle its unemployment and the sociological malaise of the younger generation, things there will grow worse before there is any hope of improvement," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky.
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Year of Crisis: The Middle East in 2015

Feb 13, 2015
In a region already known for volatility, the Middle East continues to encounter new levels of crisis as conflicts rage in a number of countries. According to a panel of regional experts, “crisis” will continue to be the order of the day in 2015. Their observations on what’s been happening and what to expect in the coming months is the focus of this edition of REWIND.

The Arab Spring in 2015: RIP?

Jan 02, 2015
"After four years of the phenomenon once optimistically dubbed the Arab Spring, the changes that have roiled those lands seem to have validated Robert Penn Warren’s quip that history, like nature, rarely jumps–and when it does, it usually jumps backward," writes Aaron David Miller.

Ghannouchi: Middle East at Crossroads

Sep 29, 2014
On September 29, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi argued that the Middle East is at a crossroads rather than in a crisis. On one hand, the region is experiencing a rise in extremism and instability, but it is also moving “towards democracy, development and progress,” he said at the United States Institute of Peace.

Poll: Tunisians Favor Islamic Influence in Government

Apr 30, 2014
A majority of Tunisians, 51 percent, believe Islamic principles should be considered when making policy or law, according to a new survey by the International Republican Institute.

Discussion with Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda party in Tunisia

Feb 27, 2014
Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Ennahda party in Tunisia, discussed the recent developments in Tunisia including the new constitution, reasons for the democratic transition’s success, and challenges ahead for the country.

Ghannouchi: Tunisia’s New Political Order

Feb 26, 2014
On February 24, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi outlined how Tunisia avoided a political crisis and drafted a constitution despite tension between Islamists and secularists. “In Tunisia, we are learning how to live together and deal with conflicts between secularists and Islamists,” he said at meeting at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Islamists Under Fire

Jan 04, 2014
In stark contrast to the euphoria after elections more than two years ago, Islamist political parties across the Middle East now face escalating challenges to their rule. The main drama is playing out in Egypt between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood. But Islamist parties in Tunisia, Libya are also under pressure from emboldened opposition movements.

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