The Breakdown of Autocracy in Tunisia

The Maghreb Center cordially invites you to a panel discussion on

The Breakdown of Autocracy in Tunisia

Date and Time: Monday, January 24, 2011 / 2:00PM-4:30PM

Location: Room 662 ICC (Intercultural Center), Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057

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Néjib Ayachi is the Maghreb Center founding-President and editor of its Journal; a political scientist by training, an expert on international development, and a frequent lecturer on North African issues. Born in Tunisia, he has been a keen observer of Tunisia’s political and economic developments for many years. He will provide a background analysis to current events, including the politics and repression under the Ben Ali regime emphasizing economic development without political rights, and consider what the Tunisia example might mean in the Arab region.

Stephen Juan King is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, and the Maghreb Center co-founder and Vice-president. He is the author of Liberalization against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003), and The New Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009). Professor King will discuss the socioeconomic conditions, policies and corruption that led to the breakdown of authoritarian rule in Tunisia.

Robert Prince is a Lecturer in International Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. His chief academic interest centers on peripheral relations in the global economy, with a special emphasis on Algeria and Tunisia. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, Prince has written on the country for Foreign Policy in Focus, ZNET, Open Democracy and Counterpunch. He is one of the few analysts who predicted Zine Ben Ali’s fall from power. He discusses the international impacts, and the implications for strategic relationships with France and the United States.

Special Guest: 
Rust M. Deming is an adjunct professor at SAIS, John’s Hopkins University. He is a retired foreign service officer, and his last overseas post was as Ambassador to Tunisia from 2000 to 2003. Ambassador Deming will share his perspective on US-Tunisia relations.


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