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Democracy Promotion after the 'Jasmine Revolution': A Dispatch from Tunis

[Election campaign panels in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Ezequiel Scagnetti/European Parliament.]

Outside observers frequently refer to Tunisia as democracy’s “best hope” in the Middle East—the likeliest case where the initial promises of the Arab Spring will be borne out. Of course, there are many challenges, including getting the economy running, drafting the new constitution, coping with some recent violence, and dealing with the emergence of the Salafis, a hard-line Islamist group. Still, Tunisia’s functioning state, largely successful and legitimate 2011 election ...

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Sarah Bush


Sarah Bush is a Research Fellow in the International Security Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Bush recently obtained her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. She is currently completing a book manuscript on democracy promotion. Her previous research has been published in the journal International Organization and has been supported by the American Center for Oriental Research, the Project on Middle East Political Science, and Princeton University. Her website is at and she tweets at