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Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Western Sahara's Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali (C) attends the opening session of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunisia's capital Tunis on Aug. 27.
Western Sahara's Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali (C) attends the opening session of the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunisia's capital Tunis on Aug. 27.

Is Tunisia Abandoning Morocco for Algeria?

President Kais Saied’s government is turning away from Rabat, warming up to Algiers, and inviting Polisario Front leaders to Tunis.

A billboard depicting Tunisian President Kais Saied hangs on the side of a building in the east-central city of Kairouan, on July 26.
A billboard depicting Tunisian President Kais Saied hangs on the side of a building in the east-central city of Kairouan, on July 26.

Democracy Fades in the Arab Spring’s Success Story

Few restraints remain for Tunisian strongman Kais Saied after his constitutional referendum passed overwhelmingly and opposition parties boycotted the vote.

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Protesters wave signs including one that reads in English "Together fighting for democracy."
Protesters wave signs including one that reads in English "Together fighting for democracy."

Kais Saied’s Proposed New Constitution Is Roiling Tunisia

The changes would grant the president almost untrammeled power.

Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag
Taboubi and other leaders sit at a conference table in front of the Tunisian flag

Tunisia’s Powerful Labor Union Is Thwarting President Saied’s Ambitions

The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) is the one body with enough power to derail Saied’s plans.

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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‘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.

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