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Laryssa Chomiak and Robert P. Parks


A qui profite la récupération des biens de Ben Ali ?

[Une des voitures de Ben Ali dans la salle des ventes. Image par les auteurs.]

Pour marquer la fin de 2012, une année plutôt chaotique pour une Tunisie en pleine transition politique, le ministre des Finances tunisien a organisé un événement spectaculaire : une vente aux enchères publique des biens de l'ancien président Ben Ali provenant de son palais privé à Sidi Dhrif, une somptueuse demeure surplombant la baie de Tunis et la cité balnéaire de Sidi Bou Said. Cette manifestation baptisée sobrement Confiscation, a été largement médiatisée en ...

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Repossessing the Dispossessed

[Entrance Hall to Espace Cléopâtre. Image taken by Laryssa Chomiak and Robert P. Parks.]

To mark the end of 2012, a somewhat bumpy year for Tunisia’s political transition, the Tunisian Ministry of Finance organized a spectacular event: a public auction and sale of goods and trinkets nationalized from Ben Ali’s private palace in Sidi Dhrif, a palatial home overlooking the Bay of Tunis and the idyllic sea side town of Sidi Bou Said. Simply named Confiscation, the event was widely advertised around Tunisia with a website showcasing objects to be sold off to ...

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Laryssa Chomiak and Robert P. Parks


Laryssa Chomiak is a political scientist, completing a book on the politics of dissent under Ben Ali and working on a new project entitled, Dictator Chic: How First Ladies of Despots Keep Fashion Houses in Business


Robert P. Parks is the Director of the Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie. He received his Ph.D. in political science in May 2011, which was based on several years of qualitative research in Algeria and Tunisia. His research has been published in The Middle East JournalThe Arab Reform Bulletin, and he contributed to The Politics of Islamic Finance (2004). He is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on local-national relations in the Maghreb and is currently writing book on state building processes in Algeria and Tunisia, examined from the bottom-up.