Speaker: Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 24, 2011
Ed Husain, CFR's senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, discusses the emergence of Islamist political parties in Tunisia. The frontrunner al-Nahda party, "is better placed than other Arab-Islamist parties simply because their leader and many of the people around him have been, by Islamist standards, progressives," he says. Husain cautions, however, that the party faces challenges from more extreme groups that pose a threat to a democratic government in Tunisia. "This is still an experiment," he says, "time will tell whether we will have continued elections, embracing the rule of law, a democratic culture, and a greater respect for women and human rights."
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