Tunisia is a one of the so-called MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries. Located in between Algeria and Libya, it hosted the ancient Carthage, and it covers a particular position in the Mediterranean geopolitical scenario.
French protectorate after 1881, Tunisia gained independence from France in 1956, becoming a republic. After a “coup d’état” Zine El Abidine Ben Ali took the republic, transforming it in what we could call an illiberal democracy.
Although, Tunisia showed strong democratic prerogative and impulses, proof is the massive and coordinated mobilization during the Arab Springs in 2011. In the revolution, spread among the MENA area, Tunisia was the first to have an effective outcome, bringing to the immediate resignation of Ben Ali.
Target of this Study Mission is to frame at best the geopolitical position of Tunisia in the Mediterranean scenario, and its hinge-like role between Northern countries (such as Italy), and neighboring Middle East countries such as Egypt and Libya.
Also, given the unique outcome of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, our seek is to directly come into contact with Tunisian civil society, in order to concretely see and feel the results and holdovers of the revolution, relatedly to the country’s actual settling, and its decisions on internal and foreign affairs.
The Tunisian role in lighting the spark of the Arab Spring (passing the lighter to Egypt Libya and so on) is also to be framed in a wider diplomatic scenario, in what is now Tunisia: how the composition of its ruling class convey a certain narrative of the country, and of the revolution. How economics and trade have been going on since the end of the Arab Spring.
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