Tunisia

    • Sada - Analysis

    Do Elections in Tunisia Have Meaning?

    Despite some steps to increase the appearance of pluralism, President Ben Ali and the ruling party are in no danger of losing upcoming elections. Still, elections provide a window through which a different political future might be glimpsed.

    • Research

    The Maghreb and the Global Economic Crisis: When Does the Tunnel End?

    Though the Maghreb escaped the first wave of the global economic crisis and its growth expectations for 2009 are positive, dramatic falls in commodity prices and world trade will continue to present serious challenges in the coming months.

    • Research

    Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World

    This volume examines the Arab world’s major political actors, assesses the weaknesses of secular parties, and evaluates how incumbent regimes have maintained their grip on power in spite of reform-oriented claims.

    • Research

    The Tunisian Elite and U.S. “Democratic Reform Policy”

    The Tunisian government has convinced the United States that Islamic extremism is such a serious threat that democratic reform in Tunisia would jeopardize counterterrorism efforts. This and a tarnished U.S. image in the region has allowed Tunisia to avoid serious pressure to introduce significant political reforms.

    • Commentary

    President Obama and Middle East Expectations

    • Amr HamzawyMarina Ottaway, Gamal al-Ghitany, Salah ad-Din al-Jourchi, Khaled al-Hroub, Mustapha al-Khalfi
    • January 14, 2009

    Barack Obama's election was celebrated throughout the Middle East. But enthusiasm could quickly turn to hostility if the new administration does not back up its rhetoric with concrete changes to U.S. Middle East policy on three key issues: Palestine, Iraq, and political reform.

    • Sada - Analysis

    Tunisian National Solidarity Fund as an Alternative Model

    The National Solidarity Fund has succeeded in reducing poverty and building a culture of solidarity, despite limited political participation.

    • Sada - Analysis

    Democracy Lite: Arab Judicial Reform

    • John Stuart Blackton
    • August 25, 2008

    Is America serious about democracy and political reform in the Arab world? Does the neo-Wilsonian dimension of the Bush administration's policy toward the region presage a decisive departure from the longstanding realist policy of "regime maintenance"?

    • Sada - Analysis

    Democracy and the Palestine Issue: A Lesson from Tunisia

    Tunisians took to the streets in February protesting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's scheduled visit to their country in November 2005 to attend the World Information Summit. Inviting Sharon, seen as a war criminal by many Tunisians and other Arabs, was an undemocratic decision by the Tunisian regime exercised against the popular will of the Tunisian people.

    • Sada - Analysis

    Not the Enemy: The Arab Media and American Reform Efforts

    • Marc Lynch
    • August 22, 2008

    There is broad consensus in Washington that a "war of ideas" is a central component of the larger war on terror. And in this war, a prime target is the "poisonous" Arab media environment, particularly the new satellite television channels , which are blamed for spreading anti-American sentiment.

    • Sada - Analysis

    The Sad State of Political Reform in Tunisia

    To the surprise of no one, on October 24 Tunisians turned out in record numbers—91.5 percent of the country's 4.6 million eligible voters—to re-elect President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali to a fourth consecutive five-year term. Voters also gave his ruling party, the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD-Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique), an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections.

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