Tunisia Quartet’s Nobel Peace Prize Sends Two Messages

Houcine Abassi, secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and member of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, in his office, Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 9, 2015 (AP photo).
Houcine Abassi, secretary general of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and member of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, in his office, Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 9, 2015 (AP photo).

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia’s so-called National Dialogue Quartet was deeply moving to those us who are familiar with the country where the Arab uprisings began in late 2010. The Nobel Committee’s selection of the four civil society organizations for their work in facilitating Tunisia’s democratic transition since then was a welcome revalidation of the country’s potential to build a durable democratic state. For long-time watchers of the committee, it was equally striking that the Nobel Peace Prize did not honor an institution or individual committed to nuclear disarmament, as it has at every mid-decade year […]

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