Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and author of the report, was joined on the panel by Querine Hanlon, President of the Strategic Capacity Group, and Daniel Brumberg, Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, made opening remarks and Cole Bockenfeld, Deputy Director for Policy at POMED, moderated the discussion.

Despite the immense progress Tunisia has made in its transition since the Jasmine Revolution, significant challenges—both internal and external—threaten the future of the country’s democracy. Major terrorist attacks have affected the country’s security and economic stability, and Tunisia’s government has struggled to find an appropriate and effective response.

In Tunisia at Risk: Will counter-terrorism undermine the revolution?, Aliriza analyses successive Tunisian governments’ strategies to counter terrorism and considers the relation between these responses and the country’s democratic transition.

What reforms are needed to make Tunisia’s security sector effective, accountable, and in line with international human rights standards? How can governments effectively respond to terrorism without threatening civil liberties? And how can the United States and the international community play a productive role in encouraging and facilitating these reform efforts?


The Transitions Forum is a series of projects dedicated to the challenges and possibilities of radical political and economic change.