The worsening of disparities proves that reforms initiated by governments since 2011 and the strategies implemented by the development plan have failed to ensure social justice and create regional cohesion.
Over the past few years, Ragaa and her husband were hardly able to provide for their four children on their meagre income, but when COVID-19 struck, it deprived them of their barely tolerable existence and pushed them over the edge.
Protests led by a generation who did not experience Ben Ali era repression are breaking the mold of what protests in Tunisia look like.
The shifting relationships between armies and civil society are revealing new balances within defense structures.
Tunisia’s economic fallout from a coronavirus outbreak and the rise of unemployment claims will further compound social and regional inequalities across the country.
Tunisian women’s associations aim to lead efforts to prevent radicalization among women, but insufficient funding and inter-organizational divides hamper their efforts.
The UGTT’s reemerging activism signals a growing emphasis in Tunisian politics on economic priorities.
“Overall, there is pride and joy among Tunis residents, who hope that the municipality will finally change under my leadership.”
Although Tunisia’s leadership appears to be warming to Saudi Arabia at a critical moment for the kingdom, Riyadh cannot rely on its allegiance.
The dissolution of Tunisia’s ruling coalition marks an opportunity for politics to shift away from formal consensus toward party competition and the renewal of constructive debate.
Building more community networks to combat violent extremism may help Tunisian authorities develop a holistic, long-term strategy to rehabilitate returning fighters.
Tunisia’s parliamentary committees overseeing security and defense are not tackling urgently needed reforms to the sector, largely due to members’ lack of expertise.
Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
While most residents of Tunis support a woman as mayor, a sizable minority does not, which may present obstacles for the newly elected Souad Abderrahim.
Tunisia’s new Startup Act, the product of a bottom-up-initiative to foster entrepreneurship, is a first step toward establishing the country as a digital hub but will require additional reforms.
Four experts examine the implications Tunisia’s first free and fair local elections may have for political parties, security forces, decentralization, and the democratic transition.
Although Maghreb states have tended to pursue border security unilaterally, increased transnational coordination at the local level offers a more sustainable approach.
Egypt’s efforts at subsidy reform provide suggestions for Tunisia and Sudan, both witnessing protests stemming in part from increased prices of staple goods.
The continued poor performance of the Tunisian economy and the popular discontent might undermine grassroots trust in democracy across the region.
Tunisia’s cabinet reshuffle, Administrative Reconciliation Law, and election postponement are prompting fears of a return of the Ben Ali regime.