What are the elements that shape the outcome of a country’s transition from authoritarianism to democracy? All too often policy analysts focus on the political process, while neglecting the vital role of economic reform in determining democratic success or failure.
Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has made significant strides towards developing democratic consensus; however, two years on, the country’s continued struggle with economic stagnation, high unemployment and lack of entrepreneurial opportunities poses serious challenges to its transition.
Drawing upon his experience in business and civil society in Tunisia, Dr. Mondher Ben Ayed will discuss why tackling these economic questions is essential for Tunisia’s future stability and success.
Thursday June 20, 2013
4.00pm – 5.30pm
National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington D.C. Telephone: 202-378-9675
THE ROLE OF ECONOMICS IN DEMOCRATIC TRANSITIONS:
THE CASE OF TUNISIA
Mondher Ben Ayed
President and CEO, TMI,
Former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Tunisia
Introductory remarks by
President and CEO, Legatum Institute
Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Co-founder and co-editor, Journal of Democracy,
International Forum for Democratic Studies
The Tunisia case study is the second lecture in a joint series on “The Role of Economics in Democratic Transitions” organized by the Legatum Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, and World Affairs that explores the link between economic reform and political transitions.