Winds of Change

Middle East Studies Online Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2011

5 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2011

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Hichem Karoui

Center for China & Globalization (CCG)

Date Written: January 21, 2011


January 14 will go in history as the Day of the Tunisian People. The Day of its Revolution. The Day of its victory on the dictator who usurped power and kept it during 23 years. There will be henceforth a time before and a time after January 14. This revolution has a purpose: freedom. The Tunisians said: they did not want bread, but dignity. Still, this will be the case now until a democratic government is elected. A government representing the people of Tunisia, not imposed on them. Without such a solution there will be no end to the conflict. The Revolution is in its very beginning. It might change the political and social landscape for the years to come. This Revolution has nothing similar in the region. It is really a genuine making of a suffering people that happens to be one of the most educated, the most modernised in the region.

Keywords: Arab Civil Society, Democracy, Middle East, North Africa, Maghreb, Tunisia, Revolution

JEL Classification: D74, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Karoui, Hichem, Winds of Change (January 21, 2011). Middle East Studies Online Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2011, Available at SSRN:

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