Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tunisia's foreign ties.
Following the ousting of Tunisia’s long-time dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, in 2011, there were expectations that the West would help the country transition to a democratic state. However, Tunisia has been overshadowed by other emergencies, including Syria, Libya, migration flows and the euro-area crisis.
- External relations will be focused on security, setting aside urgent reforms in socio-economic sectors.
- Internal challenges, such as corruption, will undermine Tunisian democratisation process.
- This will perpetuate domestic anger and disillusionment with democratic processes.
- The EU may take some steps towards local and micro-financing projects.
- However, economic challenges of key partners such as Italy and bureaucratic Tunisian agencies could stifle those.