Safeguarding Tunisia’s Success Highlights Congress’s Critical Foreign Policy Role

Unemployed Tunisians protest amid unrest that led to a nationwide curfew, Tunis, Jan. 22, 2016 (AP photo by Riadh Dridi).
Unemployed Tunisians protest amid unrest that led to a nationwide curfew, Tunis, Jan. 22, 2016 (AP photo by Riadh Dridi).
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Tunisia is a paradox. It is the Arab Spring’s one fragile success story, still committed to a democratic path. It is also the largest recruiting ground for Islamist terrorist groups, revealing deep fault lines in the country’s efforts to provide its citizens with more political and economic opportunity. The Trump administration is currently sending mixed signals in terms of its approach to the country, highlighting the key role Congress can play in ensuring a balanced and productive policy. Tunisia—small, relatively homogeneous and endowed with strong human development indicators rather than natural resources—is the last Arab Spring country standing. It has […]

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