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North Africa – between security and democracy

September 3, 2015

By: Umberto Profazio Photo: Flickr under creative commons license. Recent security developments in North Africa show how terrorism is gradually spreading in the region. On 20th August one police officer was killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia, and the very same day a car-bomb exploded near a courthouse and a national security building in … Continue reading “North Africa – between security and democracy”


The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead

November 13, 2014

By Beatrice Tesconi: Against the backdrop of dispiriting headlines about the rise of Islamism in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’, recent political developments in Tunisia have been hailed as a beacon of hope for a region wracked by extremism and civil war. On Sunday October 26, Tunisia held its second parliamentary elections since the … Continue reading “The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead”


‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring

March 27, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: I attended last week a very interesting panel discussion on the Arab Spring [1], its meanings and the response it deserves. A theme that was shared across the panel was that the West [2] owed the movement its support because the latter was promoting the values held to be sacred by … Continue reading “‘It’s the brotherhood, stupid.’ Values and the Arab Spring”


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