Upcoming Event:Tunisia: Still a Shining Star in Troubled North Africa?

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15 February 2016, 12.00h-14.00h
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event:

Five years since the Arab Spring, the hope which has been associated with the democratic movement has been all but fulfilled. In most of the countries in question, previous autocratic regimes have re-emerged. Tunisia, however, has risen as the shining example among them: a new coalition government has been established, democratic institutions were set up and new voices are easier to be heard at both political and civil society organizations, representing the diversity of Tunisian society. The success of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was even rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.

But even the brightest star has not yet come to full shine: the current protests in Tunisia are a reflection of the difficult social situation, including a high unemployment rate, which still needs to be tackled. Also the question of security and terrorist threats are a major concern. As in any democracy, the Tunisian coalition government has to find a way to fulfill the promises made to the public if it wishes to maintain its legitimacy.

Our panel of experts will explore how Tunisia overcame decades of oppressive rule and has transformed into a free democracy. At the same time a critical look will be taken at what tasks lie ahead for the country and what role it can play as a model for the region as a whole.


Håvard Sandvik

European Affairs Manager, European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Lilia Ksibi

Member of Parliament, “Afek Tounes” party, Tunisia

Khaled Fourati
Head of International Relations
“Afek Tounes” party, Tunisia

Marc Pierini
Visiting Scholar Carnegie Europe
Former EU Ambassador to Tunisia and Libya

Ralf Erbel
Project Director Tunisia and Libya, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Kindly register for this event by 10 February 2016 at http://tinyurl.com/tunisiasevent.

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