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Corinna Mullin and Brahim Rouabah


Requiem for Tunisia’s Revolution?

[Tunisian man facing Ben Ali’s security forces with a loaf of bread, the use of the baguette is symbolic for the regime's failure to provide public goods and a reminder of the 1984 bread riots in Tunisia. Image from Tixup]

The Arab uprisings seemed to herald a fatal rupture in orientalist narratives, challenging as they did essentialized renderings of the region as one mired by "authoritarian resilience" and failures to democratize. However, four years after the uprisings, familiar forms of reductionist analysis about the regions persist, albeit more subtly. The latest readings of the Tunisian experience have not shied away from condescending tropes regarding the success of its ...

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Corinna Mullin and Brahim Rouabah


Corinna Mullin is a Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Dr. Mullin is currently based in Tunisia, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Tunis.


Brahim Rouabah is an Algerian writer and activist, the founder and former president of the London-based Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC). Mr. Rouabah is currently based in Tunisia, where he is the Regional Programs Manager at the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS).