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Tunisia, Democracy, and the Legacy of the Arab Spring
Billed as the “success story” of the Arab Spring, Tunisia fragile democracy was rocked in late July when the President took several actions that some critics are terming an autocoup. With unemployment sharply higher since the Arab Spring, the government has not yet been able to quell the domestic economic discontent that launched the region-wide movement. With the country on the verge of dictatorship by some measures, how can the organizations and people that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for their political power-sharing efforts navigate this new terrain? And what does Tunisia’s youth, 30 percent of the population with unemployment rates of nearly 40 percent, make of their future? Join our discussion with Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs; and Dr. Sarah Yerkes, Senior Fellow in Carnegie's Middle East Program to discuss those questions.

Sep 30, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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