Tunisia

  • Research

    Tunisian Foreign Policy Under Kais Saied

    After three years in office, the Tunisian president has yet to present a cohesive foreign policy agenda. Instead, Saied’s erosion of the country's democratic integrity has isolated Tunisia from international leaders, donors, and investors.

  • Diwan

    A Bad Trip

    President Qaïs Saied’s visit to Washington this week is bound to have left him disappointed.

  • Diwan

    Getting the Economy Wrong

    Qaïs Saied has consolidated his hold on Tunisia, but economic woes mean his control remains unstable.

  • Commentary

    Tunisia’s New Electoral Law Is Another Blow to Its Democratic Progress

    It severely weakens political parties and opens the door for the president to prevent anyone who has criticized him from seeking office.

  • Research

    Reckless Abandon: Why Tunisia Can No Longer Delay a Border Free Trade Zone

    Tunisia's planned free trade zone in Ben Guerdane has stalled while similar projects in Libya have advanced. If Tunisian authorities move quickly to revitalize the plan, they can boost the economy and give hope to the marginalized border population.

  • Commentary

    Tunisia and the Future of Political Islam

    President Saied’s seizure of power has been a major setback for Ennahda. He capitalized on widespread anger at Ennahda by blaming it for much of the failure of Tunisia’s governance since the 2010-2011 Revolution.

  • Diwan

    Back to Square One

    The major issue in Tunisia remains the ailing economy, and it may yet undermine President Qaïs Saied’s autocratic ambitions.

  • Multimedia

    Where Does Tunisian’s Democratic Experiment Go from Here?

    • Sarah Yerkes
    • August 02, 2022
    • Five Questions podcast (Arab Center Washington DC)

    It really takes Tunisia away from the 2014 constitution. It concentrates all the power in the hands of the presidency, removes checks and balances, and there's no way to remove the president which is really troubling.

  • Multimedia

    Tunisia Unrest

    • Sarah Yerkes
    • July 27, 2022
    • The Global Brief With Bianca Nobilo (CNN)

    Tunisia had done very well in building its political institutions and building the backbone of a democracy over the past decade but they failed to address the economic challenges the country was facing.

    • August 02, 2022
    • Five Questions podcast (Arab Center Washington DC)
    Sarah Yerkes
    Where Does Tunisian’s Democratic Experiment Go from Here?
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    • July 27, 2022
    • The Global Brief With Bianca Nobilo (CNN)
    Sarah Yerkes
    Tunisia Unrest
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    • January 17, 2021
    • France 24
    Sarah Yerkes
    Tunisia Marks Decade Since Decade Dictator’s Fall
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