A Tunisian vendor poses as he sells white truffles at a market in the town of Ben Guerdane, 40km west of the Libyan border, in February 2016.
About the Authors
Mohamed El Dahshan is managing director of OXCON, a research and consulting firm working on issues of economic development, policy and strategy, and human rights in Africa and the Middle East. He is also a non-resident fellow with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) in Washington, DC. Prior to this, he was a senior research fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Development. He writes and lectures on topics including Middle Eastern transitions, economic development and entrepreneurship, post-conflict development, and technology. Mohamed is a graduate of the University of Oxford (MBA), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA/ID), Sciences-Po Paris (MSc), and Cairo University (BA).
Dr Mohammed Masbah is the founder and director of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA) and an associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. He was previously a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. He is a political sociologist whose work centres on authoritarianism, youth movements and political Islam, with a focus on North Africa. Dr Masbah obtained his PhD in Sociology from Mohammed V University in Rabat.