A View From Tunisia: Elections after the Arab Spring
Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
With a turnout of well over 70 per cent at Tunisia's recent Constituant Assembly elections - the country's first since the revolts of the Arab Spring - Tunisians seem determined to see their wish for free and fair elections and a representative government fulfilled. But the results, which have seen the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party win a substantial majority, have sparked concerns among some Western observers that an Islamist resurgence may well be changing not just the politics of Tunisia, but those of the region.
Following Dr Claire Spencer's trip to Tunisia, as an international election observer, she will be giving an account of her experience of the elections and sharing her views on what the election results reveal about change and continuity in Tunisia.
Attendance is by invitation only.
The discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule.