In Box

Caught in the Net: Tunisia’s First Lady

Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali isn’t exactly a jet-setter. He rarely leaves Tunisia. So the country’s bloggers were surprised to find that his state airplane logs as many miles as it does. They used plane-spotting Web sites such as Airliners.net and Planepictures.net to track the jet’s movements between 2001 and 2007 and found it ...

Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali isn't exactly a jet-setter. He rarely leaves Tunisia. So the country's bloggers were surprised to find that his state airplane logs as many miles as it does. They used plane-spotting Web sites such as Airliners.net and Planepictures.net to track the jet's movements between 2001 and 2007 and found it made frequent stops in Paris, Milan, Geneva, and elsewhere. The trips, however, are nowhere to be found in the president’s official travel itinerary. But Tunisia's bloggers think they recognize the frequent flyer: First Lady Leila Ben Ali. She is an unabashed shopaholic, and it may be no coincidence that so many of these unofficial trips were to Europe's fashion capitals.

Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali isn’t exactly a jet-setter. He rarely leaves Tunisia. So the country’s bloggers were surprised to find that his state airplane logs as many miles as it does. They used plane-spotting Web sites such as Airliners.net and Planepictures.net to track the jet’s movements between 2001 and 2007 and found it made frequent stops in Paris, Milan, Geneva, and elsewhere. The trips, however, are nowhere to be found in the president’s official travel itinerary. But Tunisia’s bloggers think they recognize the frequent flyer: First Lady Leila Ben Ali. She is an unabashed shopaholic, and it may be no coincidence that so many of these unofficial trips were to Europe’s fashion capitals.

More from Foreign Policy

The Taliban delegation leaves the hotel after meeting with representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Qatar in Moscow on March 19.

China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance

Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.

An Afghan security member pours gasoline over a pile of seized drugs and alcoholic drinks

The Taliban Are Breaking Bad

Meth is even more profitable than heroin—and is turbocharging the insurgency.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addresses the U.N. Security Council from her office in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 4, 2020.

Belarus’s Unlikely New Leader

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya didn’t set out to challenge a brutal dictatorship.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid

What the Taliban Takeover Means for India

Kabul’s swift collapse leaves New Delhi with significant security concerns.