CMES Research Seminar: The Rise and Fall of Tunisian Democracy

Kasper Ly Netterstrøm gives a talk on the Tunisian revolution and constitutional process and tries to identify some of the more structural causes of the current crises. The talk emphasizes the role of the Islamists, the Tunisian General Labor Union, the democratic institutions established by the 2014 constitution, and the unfulfilled promises of the revolution.

When: 3 November 2022, 13:15 to 14:30 (CEST)

Where: CMES Seminar room (Finngatan 16) and on Zoom.

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Kasper Ly Netterstrøm is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen.



CMES Research Seminar: Time and Development in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia – an Interdisciplinary Memory Study of Swedish-Tunisian Soil Conservation 1983-1992

Ulrik Mårtensson and Annika Rabo give a talk on memories of Swedish-Tunisian soil conservation in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia.

When: 28 April 2022, 13:15 to 14:30 (CEST)
Where:  CMES Seminar room (Finngatan 16) and on Zoom

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Ulrik Mårtensson is a lecturer at the Centre for Geographical Information Systems (GIS Centre) and Director of Studies at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University.

Annika Rabo is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.

UI Seminar: Socioeconomic Drivers of Protests in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites you to a webinar analysing socio-economic drivers of protests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region focusing on the contexts of Tunisia, Algeria and Lebanon.

Ten years after the Arab uprisings, that toppled dictators and briefly reshuffled the established status quo in several Arab countries, the region is still experiencing protests and popular demonstrations.

Long standing issues related to entrenched social inequalities, deep-seated corruption, recurring economic crises and the disintegration of the social contract are further weakening the already fragile state-society relationship in states across the region. With citizens’ growing mistrust in political institutions, protests is viewed by many as the main avenue to express discontent and demand structural changes.

With these dynamics in mind, this seminar focuses on a comparative analysis of socioeconomic drivers of protests in Tunisia, Lebanon, and Algeria, examining different repertoires of contention and state responses to popular demonstrations.

What socioeconomic grievances drive contemporary protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa region? How are they different from what brought people to the streets to protest during the Arab Spring? Are there any similarities between the movements in different countries in the region?

Lina Khatib, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Youssef Cherif, Director, Columbia Global Centers, Tunis
Linda El-Naggar, Analyst, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

Lucia Ardovini, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

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