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Members of Tunisia’s security forces stand outside the closed entrance to the headquarters of Tunisia's Supreme Judicial Council in Tunis, Tunisia, on Feb. 6.
Members of Tunisia’s security forces stand outside the closed entrance to the headquarters of Tunisia's Supreme Judicial Council in Tunis, Tunisia, on Feb. 6.

Will Kais Saied Kill Tunisia’s Democracy?

The country that sparked the Arab Spring could be headed back to permanent authoritarian rule.

Tunisians shout slogans as they protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia, on Dec. 17, 2021.
Tunisians shout slogans as they protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia, on Dec. 17, 2021.

How a Garbage Dump Foretells Tunisia’s Future

President Kais Saied promised to confront corruption and defend poor Tunisians. Now, his government is abandoning and brutalizing them.

An armed Tunisian police officer stands guard in front of a tall metal gate behind which fly Tunisian flags.
An armed Tunisian police officer stands guard in front of a tall metal gate behind which fly Tunisian flags.

Kais Saied’s Unholy Marriage of Convenience With Tunisia’s Police

Police impunity has long plagued the country. Now, it could get even worse.

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un-sanctions-inspectors-africa-foreign-policy-illustration

‘The Worst Bloody Job in the World’

U.N. sanctions inspectors feel unsupported and unsafe.

Protesters hold Arabic signs and wave Tunisia's flag during a demonstration.
Protesters hold Arabic signs and wave Tunisia's flag during a demonstration.

The Clock Is Ticking for Tunisia’s Saied

Most Tunisians still support the president, but time is limited.

Tunisian military forces guard the area around the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 26.
Tunisian military forces guard the area around the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 26.

Keep Tunisia’s Military Out of Politics

President Kais Saied has broken a 65-year taboo.

Kais Saied speaks with people during his presidential campaign tour in Tunis on September 10, 2019.
Kais Saied speaks with people during his presidential campaign tour in Tunis on September 10, 2019.

Kais Saied Is Not a Dictator

Tunisia’s controversial president is seeking to preserve the legacy of the Arab Spring by stamping out corruption and promoting decentralized democracy.

The Tunisian army barricades the parliament.
The Tunisian army barricades the parliament.

Tunisia’s on a Knife-Edge Between Reform and Autocracy

Two weeks after suspending parliament, what road map will Tunisian President Kais Saied gin up?

A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.
A Belarusian athlete arrives at an international airport.

The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection

The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.

People celebrate in the streets of Tunis after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the suspension of parliament and the dismissal of the prime minister on July 25, 2021, after a day of nationwide protests.
People celebrate in the streets of Tunis after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the suspension of parliament and the dismissal of the prime minister on July 25, 2021, after a day of nationwide protests.

How the West Misunderstood Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.

A protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.
A protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.

The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia

Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.

A Tunisian woman carrying a dog gestures with her middle finger at police officers during a demonstration in Tunis on Jan. 30.
A Tunisian woman carrying a dog gestures with her middle finger at police officers during a demonstration in Tunis on Jan. 30.

Ben Ali’s Ghost Still Haunts Tunisia

The Arab Spring’s democratic success story is wrestling with the vestiges of an authoritarian past.

A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.
A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

A man mourns the death of seven members of a family in Syria
A man mourns the death of seven members of a family in Syria
Tunisians wave national flags to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution on Jan. 14, 2016.
Tunisians wave national flags to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution on Jan. 14, 2016.

Tunisia’s Decade of Democracy

Ten years after the Arab Spring, Tunisians are discovering that political reform alone isn’t enough.

Employees disinfect the streets and shops inside Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul on March 18.
Employees disinfect the streets and shops inside Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul on March 18.

The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders

European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.

Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.
Handwritten notes are stuck on a boat used by migrants on Los Caños de Meca beach near Barbate, Spain, on Nov. 26, 2018.

Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa

The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.

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