The region might be better served from a recommitment by the US and Europe, which might offer palpable inducements of development aid linked to reforms. But with Western governments focused on their own domestic spending plans and Covid-19 recovery, it is more likely that continuing Chinese funds and outreach will further entrench Beijing’s influence in the region for the foreseeable future.
In an interview, Hamza Meddeb discusses Tunisian President Qaïs Saied’s further consolidation of power.
At stake in Tunisia are the hard-won political gains of the last ten years: the increases in freedom of expression and association, individual rights, and the Tunisian constitution.
What's going on in Tunisia, the only surviving democracy from the Arab Spring?
As the countries around it descended into civil war or regressed into authoritarianism, Tunisia held free and fair national and local elections, adopted a liberal-democratic constitution, and witnessed a peaceful transition of power.
Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, who had served less than a year in office. Removing Prime Minister Mechichi from power was only one of several steps President Saied took to consolidate power and address what he saw as an urgent, emergency situation.
In an interview, Sarah Yerkes discusses President Qaïs Said’s sidelining of the country’s cabinet and parliament.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
By dismissing the parliament and removing his political rivals from power, Tunisian President Kais Saied has set Tunisia on a path that is likely to end in further instability and potential bloodshed.
The border towns of Ouargla and Tataouine, suffer from a profound socio-economic marginalization by comparison to the northern and coastal regions.