Granting Tunisian security forces suffrage provides police unions greater leverage over politicians, diminishing prospects for security sector reform.
Tunisia's political transition may be the most successful among other Arab Spring countries, however it remains fragile.
“No political party, no political actor is able to lead Tunisia alone in this very sensitive and fragile period.”
The Arab Spring protests upended the order of the Middle East, but six years later much remains the same.
Tensions persist between Tunisia and its former ally the UAE, but Tunisia hopes renewed ties could balance out its current dependence on Qatar.
EU policy towards the Maghreb is still reflective of the disjointed self-interests of member states who favor their own short-term political and security interests and does not take stock of the new realities affecting security in several countries of the Maghreb.
The denial of democratic opportunities, the rise of successful violent movements, and the shifting regional and Islamist contexts make it likely that the coming period of Islamist politics will be dominated by non–Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Tunisia’s national unity government symbolizes political elites’ willingness to cooperate, but their fragile compromise poses risks to the democratic process.
The public needs to be included for investment to produce economic, political, and social benefits.
If Tunisia’s top-down strategy to boost investment and private-sector growth is to succeed, a bottom-up approach is also needed to address the country’s most urgent challenges.