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How homogeneous is the population of Tunisia—religion, language, ethnicity, etc.? Was that a factor in its ability to move forward after the Arab Spring?
When you served in Algeria were you ever involved in any mediation effort in the Algerians'long standing conflict with Morocco over the Western/Moroccan Sahara? It seems the US official policy simply wants to maintain the status quo.
Is Algeria diversifying its economy? It has oil—“the curse of oil’—and a young population with high unemployment. Any imaginative solutions?
Virginia: It is commonly understood here the "Arab Spring" in Tunisia initiated by the self-immolation of a young man unable to secure work -- how to understand that given a stable and improving economy relative to population?
Economic difficulties plus the obvious corruption of Ben Ali?