MEC Webinar: The Tunisian Political Crisis; The End of Democracy?

Conveners: The Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

Speakers: Youssef Cherif (Director, Columbia Global Centers | Tunis, the North and West African Research Centre of Columbia University); Anne Wolf (Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford)

Chair: Dr Michael Willis (Director of the Middle East Centre)


On 25 July 2021 Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament, subsequently employing the army and security forces around government buildings to thwart any opposition to his power grab. How did Tunisia – long hailed as a democratic model in the region – reach such a stage? Who is President Saied and what does he plan on doing? What are his sources of power and support, both within Tunisia and internationally? And does his power grab mean the end of Tunisian democracy? This panel will tackle these questions and more.


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