Insurgency & Terrorism

Terrorism in Tunisia: more than just foreign connections

This article for the Institute for Security Studies looks at the 27 June terrorist bombings in Tunis, analyzes the larger security challenges facing the country, and argues that the state and donors need to reemphasize whole of government approaches to the problem, and not double down on a security-first strategy.

It can be accessed here.

Recent Interviews on Tunisia's Security Situation

In addition to my writings on Tunisia’s security dynamics and challenges, I’ve provided interviews in recent months to The New York Times, Jeune Afrique, The Washington Post, and Le Monde which offer further analysis on the situation.

  • World Politics Review, “Is Tunisia’s Post-Arab Spring ‘Success Story’ Only Skin-Deep?,” 23 April 2019. Click here for the article.

  • Mediapart, “A Kasserine, le pari de la résilience face au terrorisme,” 16 March 2019. Click here for the article.

  • The New York Times, “U.S. and Tunisia Are Fighting Militants Together. Just Don’t Ask Them About It,” 02 March 2019. Click here for the article.

  • Jeune Afrique, “Attentat de Tunis : « Cette attaque ne fait pas de la Tunisie un pays moins sûr »,” 31 October 2018. Click here for the article.

  • The Washington Post, “Tunisia feared the return of militants from abroad. The threat now is those who never left,” 08 September 2018. Click here for the article.

  • Jeune Afrique, “Tunisie: « Il faut mener à bien la réforme globale du secteur de la sécurité »,” 14 July 2018. Click here for the article.

  • Le Monde, “La plus grande menace des djihadistes de l’Ouest tunisien est leur capacité de résilience,” 10 July 2018. Click here for the article.

The Insurgency in Tunisia’s Western Borderlands

Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has faced the difficult task of sustaining a democratic transition amid rising security challenges. Multiple terrorist attacks have killed foreign tourists, Tunisian civilians, and security personnel. Additionally, the conflict next door in Libya poses a persistent danger, a reality underscored in 2016 when militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State staged a raid on a Tunisian city on the border. These dramatic incidents have largely overshadowed a more violent and protracted conflict in Tunisia’s northwestern governorates.

This article recounts the trajectory of the conflict in the northwest, analyzes current dynamics, and offers recommendations. Published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the full article can be found here.