Review Essay: Why Tunisia?

Article
October 2018

A review of Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M. Masri.

Islam and Democracy in Tunisia

Article
July 2018

The president of Tunisia’s Ennahdha party, Rached Ghannouchi, argues that the solution to extremism is more (not less) freedom and democracy, along with more moderate religious teachings.

Dashed Hopes and Extremism in Tunisia

Article
January 2018

Tunisia is now one of the Arab world’s most democratic countries, but it has also been producing worrisome numbers of recruits for groups such as ISIS. How can this paradox be explained? 

Tunisia’s Islamists and the “Turkish Model”

Article
January 2017

Ennahda has long felt an especially strong kinship with Turkey’s AKP, which has seen as representing a combination of piety, prosperity, and democratic credibility. How might their relationship be affected by the AKP's more recent authoritarian turn?

Documents on Democracy

Article
October 2016

Inauguration speech by Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski; Ennahda party president Rachid Ghannouchi on religion and state in Tunisia; inaugural award ceremony of the Darnal Award for Social Justice; Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's inaugural address; Philippine senator Leila de Lima on extrajudicial killings 

Tunisia: Ennahda’s New Course

Article
October 2016

Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.

After the Arab Spring: Are Secular Parties the Answer?

Article
October 2015

A close look at secular parties in the Middle East today raises doubts about whether they are ready for prime time.

After the Arab Spring: The Islamists’ Compromise in Tunisia

Article
October 2015

How did a potent Islamist movement come to accept a non-Islamist constitution? The answer lies in that movement’s self-protective reflexes.

Tunisia’s Transition and the Twin Tolerations

Article
April 2012

Of all the “Arab Spring” countries, so far only Tunisia has managed to make a transition to democracy. Tunisians now have a chance to show the world a new example of how religion, society, and the state can relate to one another under democratic conditions.

Debating Electoral Systems: Getting Majoritarianism Right

Article
January 2012

Contrary to popular wisdom, emerging democracies might be better off with a majoritarian electoral system rather than one based on proportional representation.

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