Tag Archives: Tunisia

The birth of a Spring: five years on, has the Arab Spring succeeded?

Five years ago today, on 18 December 2010, an uprising in Tunisia began, marking the ‘official’ first moments of what became known as the Arab Spring. In fact, the street protests were in themselves a response to the self-immolation of 26 year-old Tunisian Tarek el Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, itself caused by unjustifiable mistreatment by police and insufferable economic and social hardship which were, in turn, caused by a range of things including – but not … Continue reading

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Solutions…? Refugees and governance in the face of crises

‘What we want is not just official development assistance in this form, but reform of global governance. World trade must be fair. There must be more investment in Africa. Official development assistance is good, but it’s not sufficient.’ Mahamadou Issoufou, President, Niger

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The State(s) We’re In

It has been a long time since I wrote for this site about Libya. The summer’s ongoing refugee crisis, as well as a series of media appearances to discuss and debate it, and a recent short visit to Greece, have combined to take priority from North Africa’s failing state.

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Disaster Management, or How To Appear To Be Doing Something

In the wake of a disaster, it seems reasonable to expect that there may be moments of chaos, in which the impulse to act – to do something, however effective, sensible or otherwise it may be – might tempt people. Indeed, there are organisations which spend much of their time training people to overcome these urges, or at least to harness them to deliver constructive, positive, or at least logical outcomes.

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War? Well, not really…

Last week (29 June) UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in Parliament for almost two hours about the killing of 38 people by a gunman in the Tunisian resort of Sousse. Before we look at what he said – or any of the related details – we should start with a couple of disclaimers. First of all, I am not Russell Brand: I do not believe that it’s hypocrisy to hold a brief silence to … Continue reading

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