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PBS Newshour | Post-Revolution Tunisia Attempts Painful Transition to Democracy


One year after a revolution that set off protests across the Arab world, Tunisia still wrestles with their democratic transition. As part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Jessie Deeter discusses the major challenges Tunisia’s new government must address.



Comprehensive Questions

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According to the video, what has prevented Tunisia’s economy from growing after the revolution? Do you think the new government has much control over these factors?
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How does the video describe Ennahda, Tunisia’s leading political party? What factors suggest it is moderate, and why do some of the people interviewed critique this party?
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As described in the book, successful democratization may depend on a country possessing certain economic (modernization and elites willing to share power), societal, international, and cultural factors. Using the information provided by the video, how close does Tunisia seem to match those background factors?
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Multiple-Choice Questions

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When the revolution began, Tunisia’s unemployment rate was at 13%. A year after the revolution, it was at:
2. Tunisia’s leading political party, the Ennahda Movement, looks to which country for their inspiration for democracy?
3. The video ends by interviewing Tunisians on their predictions for the future. Which statement best describes their view?

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