A Transatlantic Strategy for a Democratic Tunisia

Remarks by:
Paige Alexander
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East
US Agency for International Development

Nicholas Westcott
Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa
European External Action Service

Followed by a discussion with:
Andrea Gamba
International Monetary Fund

Amy Hawthorne
Deputy Director for Research 
Project on Middle East Democracy

Karim Mezran
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Introduced and Moderated by:

Frances G. Burwell
Vice President, European Union and Special Initiatives
Atlantic Council

Five years after Tunisia’s revolution, democratic and economic reforms have stalled. Following the revolution, the United States, the European Union, and EU member states—namely France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—substantially boosted assistance to Tunisia. But simply increasing support has not proven to be effective. In a new report titled, A Transatlantic Strategy for a Democratic Tunisia, authors Frances G. Burwell, Amy Hawthorne, Karim Mezran, and Elissa Miller present a new way forward for western engagement with Tunisia that makes clear the country’s priority status in the transatlantic agenda as it moves away from the immediate post-revolutionary period. 

Please join us for a discussion on the challenges facing Tunisia in the areas of economic development, security, and democratic development, and what steps the United States, the European Union, and key EU member states can take to help Tunisia meet these challenges and achieve greater stability and democracy.


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This event is generously supported by the European Union, as part of a two-year initiative supported by the EU Delegation in Washington, DC and implemented by the Atlantic Council to advance transatlantic cooperation in supporting political and economic reform in the Arab world. 

Paige Alexander leads the Bureau for the Middle East at the US Agency for International Development, where she oversees the efforts of USAID missions and development programs in countries across the region. Nicholas Westcott manages the Middle East and North Africa at the European External Action Service. Andrea Gamba focuses on Tunisia at the International Monetary Fund. Amy Hawthorne directs research at the Project on Middle East Democracy and focuses on Arab political reform and democracy promotion. Karim Mezran specializes in North African affairs at the Atlantic Council, specifically Tunisia and Libya. Frances G. Burwell concentrates on the European Union, US-EU relations, and a range of transatlantic economic, political, and defense issue at the Atlantic Council.