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Mon, Aug 2, 2021

Mezran and Pavia quoted in L’indro on Tunisia’s democracy crisis

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Corruption Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Tunisia was the only democracy to blossom from the Arab Spring. Now it’s a mess.

The main issue is not whether the actions of the president are legitimate or not according to the constitution, but the fact that these actions were taken at the worst possible moment for the country, one in which the fragile economy and political system may not survive the blow inflicted by this decision, thus, underscoring how President Saied does not have Tunisia’s best interests at heart.

MENASource by Karim Mezran, Alissa Pavia

Middle East North Africa

Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Experts react: What’s next after Tunisian president’s parliamentary freeze?

On July 25, President Kais Saied invoked Article 80 of Tunisia’s constitution to sack Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and dissolve parliament. Atlantic Council experts react to the events, assess the impact on the fledgling democracy, and offer their thoughts on how the international community may respond.

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East North Africa

Alissa Pavia is assistant director for the North Africa Program within the Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. She is responsible of providing research and analysis on a number of countries, including Libya, Tunisia and Israel, as well as exploring strategic partnerships to further the work of the North Africa Program. 

Previously, Pavia worked for a Brussels-based think tank, where she developed expertise and knowledge on combating anti-Semitism, countering violent extremism, analyzing developments in the Middle East, and other related topics. Pavia was previously a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. During her time in Brussels, she also worked for other important organizations, such as the United Nations and the American Jewish Committee. Pavia has conducted extensive field research in a number of countries, including Israel and Tunisia. 

Pavia holds a Master Degree in Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor Degree in European Studies from the University of Milan.