Connections Episode 38
Tunisia’s Constitutional Referendum
Mouin Rabbani Interviews Monica Marks
On Monday, 18 July Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani and Monica Marks discussed the 25 July constitutional referendum in Tunisia. This episode of Connections examines the motives and objectives behind the referendum called by President Kais Saied, and the response to his monopolization of power by Tunisia’s political movements and broader public.
Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship.
Monica Marks is a leading international specialist on post-revolutionary Tunisian politics. A Rhodes Scholar who obtained her MA and doctorate from St Antony’s College, Oxford, Marks is a scholar of Islamist movements, gender, and politics in the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently Assistant Professor of Arab Studies at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus and is completing a book on Tunisian politics since 2011, for which she has conducted over 1,500 interviews.
Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.
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