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Events from Africa

Event Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
William J Perry Conference Room, Encina Hall (2nd Floor, C231)

The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country's first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?