President Trump’s plan to slash military aid to Tunisia, a country on the front lines with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, is both misguided and dangerous.
There is a growing divide between young people and the Tunisian government, an issue that has taken on greater importance over the past month, as Tunisian authorities struggle with how to address the massive protests in the country’s southern regions.
Without a new decentralizing framework, elections for new local councils in Tunisia will not make them more responsive to local concerns.
Members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network participated in a Reddit AUA on the important changes under way in civil society across the globe.
“We are heavily counting on Tunisian and international civil society, the media, and every single Tunisian to get involved in this war on corruption.”
Despite leading Tunisia’s revolution in 2011, many young Tunisians no longer participate in formal politics, leaving questions about the future of the country’s democracy.
Women continue to face challenges in accessing the higher echelons of political power, but also in playing a more substantive role in the policymaking process.
The successful outcome of Tunisia’s municipal elections next December is not guaranteed.
Youth frustration with the Tunisian government and exclusion from the political system feeds radicalization. Socio-economic reforms must take place soon, and begin to be felt by the society, in order to prevent further extremist recruitment.
Conflicts and insecurity in the Maghreb and Sahel are increasingly becoming interdependent and altering the regional security terrain.