Connections Episode 70

Tunisia: Autocracy and Xenophobia

Mouin Rabbani interviews Houda Mzioudet 

On Tuesday, 20 June, Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani spoke with Houda Mzioudet about Tunisia’s escalating counter-revolution. This episode of Connections examines the autocracy established by President Kais Saied, and his resort to violent xenophobia to consolidate his position. 

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.  


Houda Mzioudet is a researcher and journalist with a focus on Tunisia and Libya. She has contributed to numerous  international outlets including Al Jazeera English, CBC, and BBC. She is a co-founder of ADAM, the first black Tunisian association, and of the Voice of Tunisian Black Women collective. She has published widely on both Tunisia and Libya.


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.