Tag Archives: Tunisia

Security sector change during and after conflict

This column interviews two officials who were heavily involved in police reform efforts in Georgia, Ukraine, and Jordan. They describe how changes were implemented in post-Soviet and post-conflict situations, and even in circumstances of active conflict. International assistance was key … Continue reading

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Restarting police reform in Tunisia

Reforming police was one of the aims of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, but progress has stalled, according to this essay from the Middle East Institute. One reason is that the public rates economic problems as the country’s highest priority, with crime, … Continue reading

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An American in Al-Qa’ida

This article decribes the experiences of the first American foreign fighter to join Al-Qa’ida following the 9/11 attacks. He traveled from Long Island to Pakistan and Afghanistan, completed several training courses, and participated in two failed missions before being captured. … Continue reading

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Inquest alleges delayed police response to 2015 Tunisia terror attack

Opening statements at an inquest into the 2015 terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia allege that “police units, which should have intervened to stop the attack, deliberately and unjustifiably slowed down to delay their arrival at the hotel.” The attack lasted … Continue reading

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Police corruption undermining Tunisia’s revolution

This article describes corruption within Tunisia’s police, based on an officer’s insider account and a subsequent cover-up by higher officials. The author argues that ongoing official misconduct is undermining the impact of the country’s 5-year-old revolution, which was spurred in … Continue reading

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Regional security through police reform

This bulletin from the U.S. Institute of Peace considers regional insecurity in North and West Africa, and points to police reform as a key step forward. In particular, building public trust in the police through more citizen engagement seems necessary.

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Police tortured women in Tunisia

Tunisian women are recounting stories of torture and cruelty by police during 60+ years of dictatorship in their country, according to this article. A Truth and Dignity Commission is currently documenting all types of human rights violations. The police abuses … Continue reading

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