Libyans leaving their country and moving north, near Tataouine, January 3, 2016 © Benoit Challand | Courtesy of the author
EssaysFeatureLiberal Democracy in Question

The Tunisian Moving Seminar

Today, January 14th, exactly five years ago, Tunisian president Zin El-Abidine Ben Ali was the first Arab dictator to be removed by the will and strength of an Arab nation, ushering in a wave of Arab rebellions. Because of the negative and destructive course taken by these revolts in Egypt, Syria and Yemen, many deem it pointless, futile or indecent to try to speak of their achievements. Nonetheless, having …

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Cover of Les Jeunes de Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique, 2015 © Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ali Ben Zina | Arabesques
EssaysLiberal Democracy in Question

Tunisia: Invisible Alienation, Visible Violence

A relational view of Tunisian youths

Analyzing the youth is notoriously a difficult task. How should we define this social group? Can we even speak of “the youth” in the singular? With regard to the Arab Uprisings (a phrase which I prefer to the loaded “Arab Spring”), many did not …

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