What does the UAE want in Tunisia?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

UAE involvement in Tunisia has increasingly been making headlines across the Magreb. Already involved in Libya, the UAE has been accused of supporting Tunisian President Beji Caid al-Sibsi during his presidential campaign, and is now accused of supporting his rival Mohsen Marzoug, who fell out with the President over the latter’s attempts to bolster his son’s position as a possible …

Tunisia’s Agriculture Continues to Struggle

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Although globalization is generally considered a good thing, it has proven to be a difficult challenge for Tunisia. The impact of globalization has seen Tunisia ‘suffer’ from a process of structural economic reforms and liberalization after decades of a more state-heavy socialist economic model. One of the most affected industries is agriculture which accounts for 16% of the country’s workforce. …

Tunisia: A Success Story?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

By Malek Hamdi – Sidi Bouzid Experts and analysts generally tend to consider Tunisia a success within the context of the Arab Spring. Perhaps when compared to Libya and Syria which continue to suffer bitter civil wars, and Egypt where some military general rules after having overthrown an elected President, Tunisia does appear to have fared far better. However, such crude …

The Bubble Bursts: Tunisia on course for family rule

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

When Ben Ali became the first dictator to fall in the Arab Spring, Tunisia was hailed for its bravery, resilience and setting an example eloquently summarised by the legendary Tunisian poet, Abu al-Qassim al-Chaabi ‘If one day the people desire freedom, then fate is obliged to comply’. However, the story since has been anything but a fairy-tale. After three disastrous …