Comment & analysis

Counter-terror in Tunisia: a road paved with good intentions?

19 September 2017 Lola Aliaga and Kloé Tricot O’Farrell Counter-terror in Tunisia: a road paved with good intentions?

Tunisia – perceived as the sole success story of the Arab uprisings – is also a key battleground in the internationally-backed ‘war on terror’.

Drawing on the first-hand accounts of civil society, Tunisian officials, foreign diplomats, and people living in Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and Sidi Hassine, this in-depth article looks at threats to peace and stability in Tunisia and how they are being addressed by the government and international actors.

Our research shows how counter-terror and countering violent extremism interventions can often reinforce grievances and inequalities, ultimately causing greater instability. The views of those we spoke to suggest the need for the government to rethink these approaches while renewing its focus on peace by responding urgently to the public’s hunger for meaningful reforms. 

Read Counter-terror in Tunisia: a road paved with good intentions?

Read the report in Arabic here.

Read more about Saferworld's work on constructive alternatives to counter-terrorism or about our work in North Africa.

The video below gives a short overview of some of the key points raised in the article: