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Democracy in Tunisia: The transition’s achievements and challenges

December 13, 20177:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Arabic, with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

On the verge of the seventh anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, Casa Árabe has organized this conference with the participation of four important personages from that country.

The event will be presented by Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe, and moderated by Juan López-Dóriga, the Ambassador of Spain in Tunisia.

It will include interventions by Saida Ounissi, the State Secretary of Professional Training and Entrepreneurship; Ziad Krichan, director of the daily newspaper Al Maghreb; Chaima Buhlel, director of programs at the Barr Alaman Association, and Gazi Ben Ahmed, an economist and the founder of the “Mediterranean Development Initiative.”

The Tunisian political transition is admired all over the world because it has been democratic, consensual and integrating. The Constitution of 2014 guarantees freedom of thought and political pluralism, women’s rights and an independent justice system. The young Tunisian democracy sends a strong message in the Arab and Islamic world. It plays a central role in the Mediterranean and is looking Europe head-on. A provisional overview of the major advancements in freedoms in Tunisia brings up questions which transcend far beyond its borders: What makes the Tunisian experience so unique? What role can be played by political parties and civil society? Why is it so important to continue moving forward on key aspects like equality for women and municipal democracy?

At the same time, seven years after the Tunisian revolution took place, significant challenges continue to exist: democracy should come with responses to the expectations for greater social justice that arose during the revolution in 2011. An in-depth reform of the economy which produces jobs, especially among youths, remains at the forefront of debate over the definitive consolidation of Tunisia’s democratic experience. What are the government’s plans? How is wealth going to be created and distributed? And how will social services be improved so that they reach everyone? How can the European Union contribute to clearing the way for these improvements?

To find answers to these and other questions, Casa Árabe has organized this conference, with the participation of four well-known personages from the country.
Democracy in Tunisia: The transition’s achievements and challenges