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The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Donald Trump. The November 8, 2016 election will decide between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald TrumpRomney who will win to become the next President of the United States ***LEFT IMAGE***   PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  ***RIGHT IMAGE***  LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the CNN Republican presidential debate on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the last GOP debate of the year, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) gaining in the polls in Iowa and other early voting states and Donald Trump rising in national polls.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The United States Needs a Post-Election Peace Plan

I study fractured societies from post-war Côte d’Ivoire to post-Arab Spring Tunisia. Here’s how the next president can heal a divided electorate.


The Unthinkable Olive Branch

Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.


The Grim Reality Behind Tunisia’s Fairy Tale

Tunisia’s democratic achievements are under threat. Here’s why a fake “national consensus” isn’t the answer.

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Tunisia’s War on Islam

Is overzealous prosecution of the war on terror contributing to radicalization?


A Verdict on Change

This ambitious young judge wants to change Tunisia’s justice system. But he still has to type out his own verdicts.


The Storyteller

Shukrii Mabkhout is not just a novelist — he's the biographer of modern Tunisia.


Missing the Old Days

Tunisia is a democracy. Here’s a man who still mourns for the old regime.

Tunisians gather outside the governorate's offices during protests after the death of an unemployed man in the central city of Kasserine on January 20, 2016. 
Tunisian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of job-seeking demonstrators in the impoverished town of Kasserine, in a second day of protests. The demonstrators had gathered outside the governorate's offices demanding a solution to the region's dire unemployment before heading towards the town centre, as small groups set up roadblocks with burning tyres. / AFP / MOHAMED KHALIL        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED KHALIL/AFP/Getty Images)

Crisis of Governance: Local Edition

In many ways, democratic Tunisia remains just as centralized as it was before the revolution. And that’s a big problem for the mayor of Kasserine.

A man waves the Amazigh flag as thousands of mourners attend the funeral procession and burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of Algeria's struggle for independence and a key opposition figure, in the Algerian village of Ait Ahmed on January 1, 2016. Ait-Ahmed's remains arrived in Algiers from Switzerland, where he died at the age of 89, for a state funeral the previous day before being transferred to his home village for his burial. The Amazighs, or Berbers, are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. 
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Not Arab, and Proud of It

Tunisia’s long-suppressed Amazigh minority is finding its voice for the first time in years.

DJERBA, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: A general view of an abandoned hotel on June 30, 2016 in Djerba, Tunisia. Before the 2011 revolution, tourism in Tunisia accounted for approximately 7% of the countries GDP. The two 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bardo Museum and Sousse Beach saw tourism numbers plummet even further forcing hotels to close and many tourism and hospitality workers to lose their jobs.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Tourism Crash

Terrorist attacks have left Tunisia's tourism sector reeling — but its problems actually go much deeper.


El Khadra Still Can’t Breathe

This devastated community has been calling for help for years. Even in the new Tunisia, no one’s listening.


Tunisia: In Sun and Shadow

It’s a country often billed as the sole success story of the Arab Spring. But the reality is far more fraught.

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Tunisia’s Dying Jazz

New freedoms have brought art and religion into conflict, threatening to crush a tradition trapped in the middle.

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