Tunisia’s Return to Authoritarian Rule

After little more than two years in office, President Kais Saied has reversed all of Tunisia’s democratic reforms.

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In 2019, former constitutional law professor Kais Saied was elected Tunisia’s new president. An unlikely candidate for the country’s top political post, Saied launched a modest election campaign, painting himself as a defender against the corrupt and self-serving ruling elite that betrayed the country’s 2011 revolution, which ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.