Tunisia’s Exceptional Experience After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring that began with Tunisia gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy – but did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart?

Drawing on his recent book, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Professor Safwan Masri examined the factors that contributed to Tunisia’s experience after the Arab Spring, focusing on the country’s history of reformism in the domains of education, religion, and women’s rights.

Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

The talk was co-sponsored with the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.