Presented by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Georgetown University, the Conflict Management Program at SAIS, and the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

SAIS Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution ignited a flame of political rebellion that quickly spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and Syria. But as the Arab Spring enters its third year, Tunisia’s struggle for democracy is beset by escalating ideological – and even violent – conflicts. What are the key challenges facing Tunisia? How can U.S. officials and non-governmental organizations help Tunisians address mounting domestic and even regional crises?

To discuss these and other questions, the United States Institute of Peace, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) are pleased to invite you to a two-panel discussion featuring a delegation of prominent Tunisian political scientists on Wednesday, March 20, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the SAIS Kenney Auditorium. Members of the delegation will offer their perspectives on the situation and then participate in a frank question-and-answer session.

2:30 – 2:40 pm: Introduction Remarks

Daniel Brumberg, Senior Adviser, USIP

I. William Zartman, Professor Emeritus, SAIS

2:40 – 3:40 pm: Key Political and Economic Challenges: The Broad Horizon

Chair: Lofti Mechichi, Dean, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tunis

Speakers:  Stephen McInerney, Executive Director, POMEDMohamed Chafik Sarsar, Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, University of ManarSalwa Trabelsi, Professor, School for higher Education in Economic and Commercial Sciences ESSEC)

3:40 – 5:00 pm: Gender, Religion, Media, and the Struggle over the Constitution
Chair: Barak Hoffman, Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Civil Society, Georgetown University

Speakers: Faycal Allani, Department Chair, University of TunisAbdellatif Hermassi, Professor, University of TunisManal Omar, Director of Iraq, Iran, and North Africa Programs, USIPFethia Saidi, Socialogist and Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Manar

5:00 pm: Concluding Remarks

To register for this event, please click here. A live webcast of this event will also be available here.

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