International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the Bardo Museum attack in Tunisia and what it means for Tunisia’s tourism industry:
“For a country like Tunisia, if you choke off tourist revenue that’s certainly going to be a blow to the newly elected secular-leaning government,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center. “Tunisia relies heavily on tourism revenue.”
“You want to keep that safe territory or passage territory or rear base open, and when you’re denied that then you begin to lash out,” Pham said.
“Propaganda, weakening the government and delegitimizing it,” Pham said. “It’s a perfect trifecta for an extremist group.”