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Stefano Maria Torelli
Tunisia will go to the polls on 26 October in order to decide the composition of the new parliament and the new political balance that will determine the next phases of political transition. Since the uprising, there have been many and important steps toward real political and institutional change. Indeed, Tunisia has undergone a process of policy change involving the liberalization of political landscape, the subsequent participation of new political forces in the electoral ...Keep Reading »
In the intricate network of bilateral and regional relations involving countries in the Middle East and the Maghreb, and in the cross-diatribes between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, and other non-state actors, Tunisia is slowly trying to diversify its foreign policy vectors. As Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa is conducting its first visit to Paris, it appears that the previous visit to Washington had been even more important. Jomaa’s visit to the United States between 2 and 4 April ...Keep Reading »
The weeks-long negotiations over the appointment of a new Prime Minister who will be charged with forming a transitional government that will guide Tunisia to the next election has finally produced a result. On Sunday, the political forces and the so-called quartet lead by the influential Tunisian labor union, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (UGTT) as a mediating force between the parties, has announced the name of the person in charge of forming a new government. Mehdi ...Keep Reading »
The murder of Mohamed Brahmi, one of the leaders of the People's Movement Party - part of the opposition coalition Popular Front - and a member of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), is the last act of political violence just in the middle of the Tunisian democratic transition’s path. The killing, which occurred with the same modalities of Chokri Belaid’s on 6 February, took place on a special day for Tunisia. Indeed, it was a national holiday, the anniversary of the ...Keep Reading »
Stefano Maria Torelli, Ph.D. in History of International Relations, is Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and a member of the Italian Centre for the Stydy of Political Islam. His research topics include Middle Eastern studies, Political Islam (especially in Tunisia and Turkey) and International Relations. He is a teaching assistant in History and Institutions of the Islamic Countries at the University of Milan and a regular contributor to the magazine of the main Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. He has published articles and essays on international academic reviews and think tanks, such as Middle East Policy, Insight Turkey, and The Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor. He tweets @mideastorels.