Progress and Pitfalls in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

A discussion featuring:
Haykel Ben Mahfoudh
Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council 


Sarah Feuer
Soref Fellow
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

Tunisians have made great strides in fulfilling the promise of their revolution—undertaking a national dialogue, adopting a constitution, holding a series of elections, and forming a coalition government. However, serious obstacles and challenges remain, exacerbated by Tunisia’s location in a volatile neighborhood. In the few months since the establishment of a fully-elected government, questions of governance are coming to the fore. 

How can Tunisia effectively prioritize addressing its competing and intertwined economic and security challenges? Will hardline or former regime elements within the two major political parties thwart delicate efforts at consensus-building? And in light of President Beji Caid Essebsi’s visit to Washington, how can the United States and Tunisia foster a more robust partnership? Please join the Atlantic Council for a discussion exploring Tunisia’s transition, the progress to date, and the challenges ahead. 

This event is on-the-record and open to press. 

DATE:         Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TIME:         12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
A light lunch will be served. 

LOCATION:     Atlantic Council
1030 15th St NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20005