From the Editors
Lamia Hatira and Nura Suleiman
The Beginning: Rise of the Troika On 23 October 2011, Tunisians took to the polls resulting in Ennahda’s electoral victory. An Islamist party previously oppressed by ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime, a majority of voters hoped this opposition party would bring much-needed change following the revolution that began a year prior. A coalition, more commonly referred to as the Troika, was quickly formed to lead the new government, with Ennahda’s Hamadi Jebali as ...Keep Reading »
Lamia Hatira is a consultant with extensive experience in research, baseline assessments, and feasibility studies across the African continent and beyond. Lamia has also worked for CSI's incubator NGO in Nigeria, the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI), committed to introducing effective and innovative approaches to educating, empowering and inspiring youth and communities in lesser-developed countries. Prior to joining CSI+, Lamia worked at the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research in Tunis. Lamia is a graduate of Seattle University, where she earned degrees in Communication Studies and Spanish. Her professional interests lie principally in the fields of sustainable business practices, cross-cultural communication and international development.
Nura Suleiman holds a BA in International Studies, with a concentration on the Middle East, History, and Arabic, from Middlebury College. She is currently working towards an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her myriad jobs have ranged from an agroforestry extension agent with the US Peace Corps in Cameroon, to a forensic accounting consultant auditing large-scale development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, to leading work programs in the Dalai Lama's hometown of McLeod Ganj, India.