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.
As the country with the only peaceful Arab revolution, Tunisia has made remarkable progress since 2011. But major challenges remain.
The Nidaa Tounes party’s internal divide and public rift are discrediting it with the Tunisian public.
Counterterrorism can be truly effective only through accountable, legitimate and professional policing.
Peaceful Salafi political parties are losing strength in Egypt and Tunisia while the popularity of Salafi-jihadi movements aiming to build an Islamic state by force is increasing.
For Tunisians, winning the Nobel Prize evoked a great sense of pride, but it also stirred up profound concerns about the fate of their budding political transition.
The Arab World now stands at a crossroads where it could head toward a more pluralistic society or toward more extremism and violence.
Changes in the post-2011 security environment, combined with a failing conscription system, have begun to transform the relationship of the Tunisian armed forces with society.
In Tunisia, the army has increasingly been called on to fulfill roles traditionally reserved for the civilian security organs, raising concerns about the role of the Tunisian military in providing security.
The Tunisian government and other political and religious actors need to work together on a de-radicalization strategy that brings reform to both the political and the religious spheres.