PhD Candidate, Political Science
University of Illinois at Chicago
Semih Patan's publication
Readings recommended by Semih Patan
Gumuscu, Sebnem. Democracy or Authoritarianism: Islamist Governments in Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023. doi: 10.1017/9781009178259.
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Tunisia Side Note information
Photo description: White woman with brown hair pulled back at the sides wearing dark sunglasses and a smile poses in front of the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. She wears a black v-neck shirt, and there are outcroppings of white rocks on either side of her in the background.
Yikes! I completely missed the news of the arrest of Rached Ghannouchi in April 2023 and the closure of the Ennahda Party's headquarters. On May 15, 2023, the 81-year old was sentenced to one year in prison and fined under Tunisia's anti-terrorism law for public remarks made at a funeral last year. He also faces other charges for which he has not yet been tried.
Photo description: An elderly Tunisian man with white hair and wire rim glasses sits with both hands resting on a wood table and smiles as he looks off camera. He is wearing a medium blue suit and white dress shirt. On his lapel is a red pin with a red crescent and star inside a white circle (Tunisia's flag). He is sitting in a red chair and there is a man in a dark suit, white shirt, and red tie standing off his left shoulder looking at photos he's taken of the man on a professional camera.
2021 profile of Tunisian President Kais Saied
2021 profile of Najla Bouden Romdhane, first female prime minister of Tunisia
Timeline of Tunisia's democratic transition from 2011-2019
Interview about 2022 Constitutional referendum in Tunisia
Freedom House (2023) considers Tunisia "partly free" after being "free" for many years after the transition to democracy
Obituary for Beji Caid Essebsi (2019)