Libyans leaving their country and moving north, near Tataouine, January 3, 2016 © Benoit Challand | Courtesy of the author
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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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Tunisian youths and people during the Qasbah protests (Tunis, 28 January 2011), leading to the fall of the first transition government led by Mohamed Ghannouchi © Leo Marcos | Wikimedia Commons
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Just a Peaceful Quartet?

Reasons for celebrating the Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize

The news has just been released: The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” This news is cause for rejoicing given the symbolic weight attributed to the role the Quartet played in 2013 in managing to force both a very unpopular government to step down …

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