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Laryssa Chomiak and Jillian Schwedler


Le Kef Is Still on Fire: A Mountaintop View of the Anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution

[Burnt car on the streets of Le Kef. Image by Laryssa Chomiak and Jillian Schwedler.]

Le Kef, Tunisia: On the first anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, international attention largely focused on Avenue Bourguiba in downtown Tunis and on Sidi Bouzid, where the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi on 17 December 2010 is said to have ignited the Arab Spring. But before the revolution ever reached Tunis, it unfolded in smaller towns throughout the country—spreading from Sidi Bouzid to Bou Zayen, Kassrine, Thala, Ghafsa, Le Kef, and Jendouba—well before the ...

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Laryssa Chomiak and Jillian Schwedler

Laryssa Chomiak
is the Director of the Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis. She received her Ph.D. in political science in August of 2011, which was based on eighteen months of qualitative research in Tunisia and 6 months of comparative field work in Ukraine. She is currently finishing her book manuscript on the politics of dissent under Ben Ali's Tunisia.  Her work has appeared as journal articles in Middle East Report and Middle East Law and Governance.

Jillian Schwedler teaches political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is author of numerous books and articles, including the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and co-editor (with Laleh Khalili) of Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (Columbia/Hurst 2010). She is former Chair of the Board of Directors and member of the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report.