Five years ago today, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, lit himself on fire to protest government corruption. His suicide sparked the Arab uprisings.

Today, Tunisia is the only country from the Arab Spring that has a fledgling democracy. Their National Dialogue Quartet was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But Tunisia faces challenges; among them, unemployment remains at 15 percent, and Islamic State terrorists have repeatedly targeted the country.

POMEPS has published two sets in our Briefs series focused on Tunisia. Each contain essays vital to understanding Tunisia then, and now. They are:

POMEPS Brief 1:  Tunisia: Protests and Prospects of Change (January 15, 2011): collection of essays by Christopher Alexander, Bassem Bounenni, Nathan Brown, Michael Koplow, Marc Lynch, Rasha Moumneh, Hugh Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman.

POMEPS Brief 27: Tunisia’s Volatile Transition to Democracy (November 6, 2015): collection of  essays by Radhouanne Addala, Lindsey Benstead, Chantal Berman, Laryssa Chomiak, Erik Churchill, Ellis Goldberg, Danya Greenfield, Sharan Grewal, Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche, Monica Marks, Rory McCarthy, Merouan Mekouar, Antonio Nucifero, Elizabeth Nugent, Benjamin Preisler, Yuzgal Sezgin and Jakob Wichmann.

Also see these recent individual pieces:

Monica Marks, What did Tunisia’s Nobel laureates actually achieve? written for the Monkey Cage (October 27, 2015).

Mark Beissinger, Amaney Jamal and Kevin Mazur, What the Arab uprising protestors really wanted, written for the Monkey Cage (October 19, 2015).

Michael Robbins, When it comes to democracy, Egyptians hate the player but Tunisians hate the game, written for the Monkey Cage (October 16, 2015).

Daniel Brumberg, Could Tunisia’s National Dialogue model ever be replicated? written for the Monkey Cage (October 12, 2015).

Radhouane Addala, Chantal Berman and Elizabeth R. Nugent, Tunisian voters balancing security and freedom, written for the Monkey Cage (June 1, 2015).

Lindsay Benstead, Amaney Jamal and Ellen Lust, Why Tunisians (don’t) vote for women, written for the Monkey Cage (May 4, 2015).

Elizabeth Young, Islam and Islamists in the 2014 Tunisia elections, written for POMEPS Studies Nation and Nationalism in the Middle East (February 6, 2015).

Eva Bellin, Explaining democratic divergence: Why Tunisia succeeded and Egypt failed, prepared for The Arab Thermidor (October 10, 2014).

Between Salafists, Secularists and Security Forces, a video of an engaging panel discussion between Tunisia scholars Monica Marks and Bill Lawrence at George Washington University (March 31, 2014).

Tunisia uprising: Five years later

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