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The Impasse of Tunisian Democracy

The Impasse of Tunisian Democracy

Following Tunisian President Kais Saied’s dismissal of the prime minister and suspension of Parliament this past summer, what are the near- and short-term prospects for liberal democracy in Tunisia? How have public attitudes shifted over the past few months? Join the Middle East Policy Forum for a discussion of these questions with Dr. Robert P. Parks and Dr. Tarek Kahlaoui with discussant Dr. Laryssa Chomiak.

Registrants will receive Zoom videoconference details from the Middle East Policy Forum ( before the virtual event. Registrants who cannot join the live videoconference will receive a link to the recording.

The Middle East Policy Forum is presented with the generous support of ExxonMobil.


  • Tarek Kahlaoui is currently an Associate Professor of History at the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia. He served as the general director of the presidential think tank in Tunisia, the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES) 2012-2014.

  • Robert P. Parks is a political scientist and founding Director of the Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie, in Oran, Algeria. His current research focuses on bottom-up political processes in Algeria and Tunisia, political economy, and social movements.

  • Laryssa Chomiak is a political scientist and the Director of the Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) since 2011. Her work has appeared as book chapters and journal articles in Middle East Law and Governance, The Journal of North African Studies, Portal 9 and Middle East Report.