Despite widespread praise for Youssef Chahed’s anti-corruption efforts, they also risk inflaming elite tensions and undermining Tunisia’s democratic transition.
Without a new decentralizing framework, elections for new local councils in Tunisia will not make them more responsive to local concerns.
“We are heavily counting on Tunisian and international civil society, the media, and every single Tunisian to get involved in this war on corruption.”
One year before its mandate expires, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission is struggling to complete its work within a volatile domestic political climate.
Granting Tunisian security forces suffrage provides police unions greater leverage over politicians, diminishing prospects for security sector reform.
“No political party, no political actor is able to lead Tunisia alone in this very sensitive and fragile period.”
Tensions persist between Tunisia and its former ally the UAE, but Tunisia hopes renewed ties could balance out its current dependence on Qatar.
Tunisia’s national unity government symbolizes political elites’ willingness to cooperate, but their fragile compromise poses risks to the democratic process.
Corruption has continued to fester in post-uprising Tunisia, but new leaks from the Panama Papers may spur real reform.
Sada interviews Charles Tripp on his latest study, which focuses on politics in the aftermath of Tunisia’s revolutionary moment and the battle for public space.
Upheaval in Nidaa Tounes comes at a bad time for Tunisia, but it may also create an opportunity for an effective opposition party to emerge in parliament.
The Nidaa Tounes party’s internal divide and public rift are discrediting it with the Tunisian public.
A presidential proposal to review corruption cases outside Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission will obstruct the body’s ability to implement transitional justice.
Tunisia’s new counterterrorism law infringes on civil liberties and does not provide a framework to prevent violent extremism.
A disillusioned faction within Nidaa Tounes is drawing on distrust of leftist and conservative leadership to seek more influence in the party.
Contentious politics in a strong, empowered parliament could help Tunisia prevent the consolidation of political power in the executive branch.
Can Tunisia deal with terrorism without resorting to despotic practices? Four experts offer insights on Tunisia’s pressing security challenges and the country’s readiness to address them.
Long-needed reforms to Tunisia’s judiciary may soon emerge, but structural reforms are just one of the many daunting tasks ahead of the branch.
Tunisia’s new coalition cabinet is hardly a beacon of stability, confronting ideological differences between four different parties.
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.