• Syria in Crisis
    After Tunisia’s Elections, It’s Time for Realism and Reconciliation
    Katie Bentivoglio January 9, 2015

    After successful elections, Tunisia forges ahead with its political transition, with speculations that the country’s two main political parties—the staunchly secular Nidaa Tounes and the Islamist Ennahda—are moving towards reconciliation.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Ennahda’s Next Move
    Rory McCarthy November 4, 2014 عربي

    Ennahda’s failure to address Tunisia’s socio-economic challenges led to its electoral defeat, which may accelerate the movement’s split into a religious and political wing.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Nidaa Tounes and the Prospects of a Unity Government
    Sana Ajmi November 4, 2014 عربي

    Although a unity government between Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda would widen their internal divisions, for each party it is the best option.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Tunisia’s Elections Triumph Over Security Fears
    Lina Khatib October 31, 2014

    Despite the challenges faced, the 2014 parliamentary elections were a landmark in the history of Tunisia and a step in the right direction as the country embarks on its journey toward democratization.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Tunisian Parliamentary Elections: Lessons for the Arab World

    Nearly four years into its transition, Tunisia has successfully navigated multiple political crises, produced a constitution, and staged successful parliamentary elections. The country exemplifies that democracy can be successful in the Arab world.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Tunisia’s Election: Ennahda vs. Nidaa Tounes
    Intissar Fakir October 23, 2014

    The upcoming Tunisian parliamentary elections have different implications for the two main parties contesting the vote. For Ennahda, the goal is to solidify its standing as Tunisia’s central political actor while for Nidaa Tounes, a win is necessary to remain politically viable.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Tunisia’s Uncertain Elections
    Sarah Mersch October 8, 2014 عربي

    Talk of Tunisia’s elections has focused on parties and individuals, not issues, leaving many citizens unsure for whom to vote.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Liberty and Security in Tunisia
    Omar Belhaj Salah September 16, 2014 عربي

    The increased role of Tunisia’s security apparatus is generating fears of a potential return of the police state.

  • Sada - Analysis
    A Resurgence of Tunisia’s Counterrevolutionaries?
    Omar Belhaj Salah April 25, 2014 عربي

    Despite curbing polarization and driving the country out of political impasse, negotiations between political elites raised Tunisians’ fears of a regression of the revolutionary tide.

  • Strategic Europe
    The Arab Spring Three Years On
    Richard Youngs January 31, 2014

    At the third anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings, the state of play in the Middle East and North Africa is cause for concern. But is it all as somber as it looks?

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Fourth Anniversary of the Influential Tunisian Revolution That Sparked the ‘Arab Spring’
    Frederic Wehrey December 16, 2014 AirTalk

    While the tribal, sectarian, and ethnic mosaic of the region is one aspect of why democracy has not taken hold in the Arab world, more important is the lack of experience in governing institutions.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Arab Spring and Its Counterrevolutionaries
    Marina Ottaway June 11, 2012 International Relations and Security Network

    Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are likely to have little influence over the final outcome of the Arab Spring. Instead, the course of political transformation across the Middle East will be determined by domestic actors.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Changing Nature of the Arab World
    Marwan Muasher October 28, 2011 Viewpoints with James Zogby

    In countries like Syria and Libya, where the situation is still fluid and tumultuous, Tunisia provides a great example of how a transitional election should unfold.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    What Political Models Might Shape the Arab World?
    Marina Ottaway October 24, 2011 NewsHour

    If successful, the Tunisian elections could provide a model for other countries in the region that are experiencing political transitions.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Rise of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Egypt
    Michele Dunne May 31, 2011 NPR's All Things Considered

    Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia are emerging as powerful political players in each country’s transition. Upcoming elections in both countries and the performance of Islamist parties once they are in office will determine their future role in formal politics.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Arab Spring
    Marina Ottaway April 27, 2011 Economist

    Three months into the Arab Spring and after the fall of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, protests continue across the Middle East and North Africa and the region remains in a state of flux.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    No Way Back For Egypt And The Region
    Marwan Muasher February 7, 2011 NPR

    While the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia might been triggered by the economy, issues of governance and the need for political reform are at the heart of the demonstrations.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Mass Rally Set For Tuesday In Cairo
    Michele Dunne February 1, 2011 MSNBC

    In the wake of the protests in Tunisia and Egypt, the United States has an opportunity to assist countries transition into stable democracies and to pressure allies in the Arab world to implement reforms before it is too late.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Middle East: Brave New World For The U.S.?
    Paul Salem February 1, 2011 Fox News

    As the popular uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continues and the pro-western government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is replaced by a government supported by Hezbollah, the United States is losing key allies in the region.


Carnegie Experts on Tunisia

  • Joseph Bahout
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Joseph Bahout is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. His research focuses on political developments in Lebanon and Syria, regional spillover from the Syrian crisis, and identity politics across the region.

  • Anouar Boukhars
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Boukhars is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. He is an assistant professor of international relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

  • Sarah Chayes
    Senior Associate
    Democracy and Rule of Law Program
    South Asia Program

    Chayes, formerly special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is an expert in South Asia policy, kleptocracy and anticorruption, and civil-military relations.

  • Georges Fahmi
    El-Erian Fellow
    Middle East Center

    Fahmi is an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition, the interplay between state and religion, and religious minorities and citizenship.

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Aline Matta
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Matta is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on technical assistance projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Maha Yahya
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Yahya is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.


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