Tunisia’s Agriculture Continues to Struggle

Malek Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

Although globalization is generally considered a good thing, it has proven to be a difficult challenge for Tunisia. The impact of globalization has seen Tunisia ‘suffer’ from a process of structural economic reforms and liberalization after decades of a more state-heavy socialist economic model. One of the most affected industries is agriculture which accounts for 16% of the country’s workforce. …

Tunisia: A Success Story?

Malek Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

By Malek Hamdi – Sidi Bouzid Experts and analysts generally tend to consider Tunisia a success within the context of the Arab Spring. Perhaps when compared to Libya and Syria which continue to suffer bitter civil wars, and Egypt where some military general rules after having overthrown an elected President, Tunisia does appear to have fared far better. However, such crude …

The Bubble Bursts: Tunisia on course for family rule

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, Uncategorized

When Ben Ali became the first dictator to fall in the Arab Spring, Tunisia was hailed for its bravery, resilience and setting an example eloquently summarised by the legendary Tunisian poet, Abu al-Qassim al-Chaabi ‘If one day the people desire freedom, then fate is obliged to comply’. However, the story since has been anything but a fairy-tale. After three disastrous …

Tunisia: Arab Spring gone full circle?

Yousef Teclab Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia – a country several politicians and commentators in the West were quick to label as the success story of the Arab Spring. Whether in the media or among the corridors of power in London, Paris and Washington, the North African country was hailed and fawned over as the shining beacon of light in an Arab world currently plagued with war …

Protests erupt across Tunisia

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Protests have erupted across Tunisia, beginning in Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid (the birthplace of the Arab Spring) and spreading to include Siliana, Jendouba, El-Kef and Sousse. At least one policeman has been killed in what is being seen as some of the worst protests since 2011. Some youths have been setting themselves alight, reminiscent of Mohamed Bouazizi in 2011 who …

Thousands took to the streets in Tunis yesterday. But you probably did not hear about it.

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

Yesterday, on 31 October 2015, thousands of Tunisians took to the streets demanding the establishment of a benefits system to alleviate the difficulties of over 500,000 unemployed and protesting the lack of policies dedicated to tackling the rampant poverty across the country and, in particular, the inner regions. Mohamed El-Hechmi Hamdi, former presidential candidate and leader of the Tayyar al-Mahabba …

As Britons leave Tunisia, where does the Mediterranean state go from here?

IIPodcast Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

The International Interest interviews Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute. Fadil discusses the potential causes behind the rise of extremism in Tunisia, the effects of the Libyan civil war on Tunisian society, as well as the consequences for Tunisia following the Sousse attacks which claimed the lives of 38 tourists. Length: 10 minutes 33 seconds Fadil Aliriza is …

We must not abandon Tunisia

Nora Hamdi Discussion, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Tunisia is of vital importance to the democratic principles that we all hold dear. It is the only country from the Arab Spring that has successfully seen a transition from dictatorship to a true democracy through free and fair elections. The country now sees genuine political debate and discussion, and the plurality of political parties is reminiscent of the freedom we enjoy in Europe. As a result, this country should be supported with all we have to offer…

Tunisian elections and the story of Mahabba

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia, World Politics

Around the world, people are celebrating the long awaited success of the Arab Spring reflected in the successful elections taking place in Tunisia. As Libya and Syria continue to be mired in civil war and Egypt suffers from the military coup that ended any hope for a democratic process in the country, Tunisia now symbolises a successful transition from a …