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Municipal elections in Tunisia – a wakeup call

On 6 May, the first municipal elections in Tunisian history took place. But, only a third of eligible voters casted a ballot, and independent lists won more votes than the governing parties in contrast to high turnout in 2014. The results signal the population’s frustration with the country’s stagnation since 2011 and political fatigue among disappointed youth.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Trade agreement holds key economic, security benefits for Tunisia and the EU

Tunisia and the EU are negotiating an extension of the existing free trade agreement. The agreement would, if prudently negotiated, offer benefits for both sides of the Mediterranean and could help strengthening political ties. But first, two fiddly subjects remain for the negotiators: services and agricultural goods.

Insights

Jihadism’s staying power in North Africa

The North Africa-based al-Qaeda affiliate AQIM has recently undertaken a variety of organizational reforms apparently aimed at centralizing the group’s decision-making and control. These reforms will likely help make it

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Politics

Tunisia’s phosphate mines – between a rock and a hard place

The ongoing strikes in Tunisia’s phosphate mines offer a valuable insight into structural deficits of the Tunisian economy.

Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa

Is a new revolution on the horizon in Tunisia?

A flare-up of protests in Tunisia in early January had observers wondering whether the country was headed for renewed unrest and disarray. GRI asks: Will the upcoming elections serve as a catalyst?

Finance Middle East/North Africa

Tunisia’s new Finance Law and the roots of social unrest

Seven years ago, decentralised, non-hierarchical protests ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This time the protests are different.

International The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 14-20 January 2018

German coalition building. Greek labor protests. Fallout from Trump’s faux pas. Tunisia protests. All in The Week Ahead.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Tunisia protests could be a preview of upcoming elections

As deep divisions and socio-economic problems continue to affect the country, elections in May will be a crucial test.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Ten political parties to follow in the Middle East and North Africa in 2018

Amid continued turmoil in the Middle East, here are the players to watch in 2018 – and why.

Middle East/North Africa

What does Tunisia’s current instability mean for investment?

Tunisia is grappling with social and political instability not seen since the 2011 protests which gripped the North African state and ushered in the Arab Spring. To help explain how