On May 31, 2013, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution hosted Rached Ghannouchi, co-founder and president of Tunisia’s Islamist ruling party, Al Nahda, for an address on the future of democracy in the country. Martin Indyk, Vice President of the Foreign Policy program, provided introductory remarks, and Saban Center Director Tamara Cofman Wittes moderated the discussion that followed.
Mr. Ghannouchi’s remarks centered around the progress Tunisia has made toward democracy since the Arab awakening began—particularly in the wake of tough economic times, the war in Libya, and extremist violence within its borders. The conversation also covered the different Islamist movements in the region (readers will want to re-read Laura Dean’s pertinent guest post on different Salafi groups in the Arab world) as well as the lessons Tunisia’s revolution can teach us about prospects for successful democratic transitions elsewhere in the Middle East.
A video of Mr. Ghannouchi’s remarks is below the fold.