Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yay Tunisia

In most respects the Arab Spring was a failure. I'm thinking Egypt, Libya, Syria, and even Yemen or Bahrain. But the one mostly bright spot has been Tunisia. Sure, Tunisia's post-2011 path has had plenty of ups and downs. Anyone who wants to argue that the Tunisian Arab Spring is sputtering can point to political assassinations, corruption, and some signs of religious extremism.

At the same time, Tunisia is (undeniably, I think) doing much much better than every other country that was seriously affected by the Arab Spring. This week, the country took a major step that makes it a real democracy in my mind: it held an election, the party in power lost, and then conceded to the opposition.