Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

The Reckoning: Tunisia's Perilous Path to Democratic Stability

Anouar Boukhars

April 2015

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


For Tunisia, 2014 was a year of historic milestones. But despite a new constitution and free elections that led to the peaceful transfer of power to the secular Nidaa Tounes party, the democratic consensus forged after the country’s 2011 revolution remains fragile. The hard work of reconciling a deeply polarized society—one torn between Islamists and secularists, young and old, democrats and counterrevolutionaries, cosmopolitan coastal areas and the underdeveloped interior and south—still lies ahead.