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Conversations at The Carter Center: Tunisia: The Best Hope of the Arab Spring (Feb. 27, 2020)

Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Cecil B. Day Chapel, The Carter Center, Atlanta, Ga.

In December 2010, a young Tunisian set himself on fire to protest injustice, touching off a revolutionary fever that swept the region. The Arab Spring, as it became known, seemed to augur the arrival of a democratic era. But while its reverberations are still being felt in Algeria and Sudan, only Tunisia can boast of new democratic institutions. The Carter Center has worked there since 2011, implementing democracy-strengthening projects and observing the transition, including last fall's election. Why did the Arab Spring seemingly work in Tunisia when it was not as successful elsewhere? Come hear about the latest challenges facing Tunisia and what the Center is doing to bolster democracy and human rights there.


  • Alexis Arieff, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service
  • Sarah Johnson, Associate Director of The Carter Center's Democracy Program
  • Ihsen Sbabti, Tunisian citizen and project officer in the Carter Center’s Tunisia field office


  • Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters, Carter Center CEO


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