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Emily Parker


The Tunisian South: Regionalism, Marginalization, and Unfulfilled Revolutionary Expectations

[Mural in Kasserine. Image by Emily Parker]

Approximately a year after the outbreak of Tunisia’s revolution, the proliferation of graffiti with slogans such as “Live free or die trying,” “Don’t give up,” and “Stand up for your rights” are poignant reminders of the struggle Tunisians embarked upon last December and January. Although Tunisians succeeded in ousting Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, most citizens’ expectations of improved livelihoods have yet to be fulfilled. This reality is most evident in the country’s south, ...

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Tunisia's Election Results and the Question of Minorities

[Attendees at an Ennahda political rally pause for prayer. Image by Emily Parker.]

Now that the votes have been tallied and the victors of Tunisia’s 23 October elections have been announced, the country’s Constituent Assembly is finally beginning to take shape. With the blue ink still fading from Tunisian voters’ index fingers, all eyes are fixed on the composition of Tunisia’s first independent governing body, and speculation is rife – especially since the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party has secured slightly more than forty percent of the Assembly’s ...

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Emily Parker


Emily Parker recently graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Prior to graduating, she worked as a Middle East research intern for a human rights research organization in Boston. Post-graduation, she arrived in Tunisia to begin an intensive Arabic program and remained in the country to work as an editor and journalist for an online Tunisian news agency, Tunisia Live.