Tunisia’s stagnant economy could also stagnate its democracy–the good news is Washington can actually help.
Despite reservations, both Washington and Paris have decided that, when it comes to Tunisia, the horse they are going to ride is the Ennahda party.
The assassination of a progressive Tunisian leader is the culmination of a full-blown socio-economic and cultural crisis that has been brewing in the country for the past two years.
Qatar has supported revolution abroad while Saudi Arabia anchors down the authoritarian regional order.
Since the uprising, Egypt’s ruling class has regrouped.
Why doesn’t Washington voice its opposition to the wave of extremist Islamism sweeping Tunisia?
Are the changes in Tunisia deep and enduring, or simply cosmetic?
Given the history of Western support for corrupt secular governments, the popularity of moderate Islamist parties should come as little surprise–nor should it be cause for concern.
Tunisia’s future is in the grasping hands of its new ruling party, Ennadha.
Although many challenges lie ahead, Ennahda’s victory in Tunisia shows that the country is starting to work like a real democracy.