The Emergence of Tunisia

Smart People Talking About Tunisia

[tweetmeme] The emergence of commentary lately on Tunisia has been quite extraordinary. Certainly, the revolution that toppled the autocratic Ben Ali is big news and will have immense consequences throughout the region, yet it seems as though all the Tunisian experts have come out recently to write about it (not to mention those, like me, who are simply trying to make sense of it all). There are economic, social and political analyses. There are exposes on US policy, French policy, case studies, profiles, predictions… You name it, Tunisia now has it. For a state that generally been overshadowed by other regional situation (Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon…) Tunisia has burst onto the scene.  I wonder how long it’ll stay?  Anyway, here are some good reads by those Tunisian experts who are a lot smarter than I am and who have already made sense of it all and wrapped it up nicely.

  • The Next Tunisia – Foreign Policy – while I am skeptical that the Tunisian revolution will spread to other countries across the region. FP takes a look at those countries that are, theoretically at least, at risk.
  • Tunisia, Booting up a Development Model or Back to the FutureThe Middle East Channel – Clement Henry and Bob Springborg look at the future for Tunisia through an economic point of view. What are the chances that another autocratic ruler comes to Tunis?
  • Algeria’s Protests in the Shadow of TunisiaThe Middle East Channel – Amel Boubekeu takes a look at the situation in neighboring Algeria and wonders that the chances are that the Algerian population can pull off Tunisia 2. Boubekeu highlights some major differences between the two states.
  • President, PM Quit RDC: Does it mean anything?Middle East Institute – Michael Collins Dunn explores the future of the RDC (the previous party of Ben Ali) and of the interim Tunisian government after Mebazza and Ghanouchi step down from their roles in the hated party. Can the government function if those once proches to Ben Ali are still leading?
  • A Self-immolation in MauritaniaThe Moor Next Door – This article explores the recent phenomenon of setting yourself on fire as a political statement and focuses specifically on the example in Mauritanian.
  • Tunisia and the RegionThe Arabist – Issandr El Amrani discusses the implications of the Tunisian uprising and the possibility of similar uprisings in neighboring countries, reaching the same conclusion I did not so long ago.
  • New Tunisian Government Declares Total Liberty of Information, as the Opposition Demands more ChangeInformed Comment – Juan Cole takes a gander at how the RCD is trying to retain power of the new government by offering more freedom in some areas, but maintaining most of the powerful governmental posts. Could be disastrous or – with an open election – just fine.

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