[P4955] Rivalry, Revival, and Survival: Contemporary Algerian and Tunisian Contestations and Reconfigurations

Created by William Lawrence
Monday, 11/20/17 3:30pm


Disruptions and shifting contexts in Algeria and Tunisia following the Arab Spring and civil strife is causing reconfigurations, covered in this panel from a variety of disciplinary vantage points, including geopolitics and foreign policy, politics, political economy,women's studies, and security studies. Major transformations caused by political repression, economic stress, and civil society activism have created a situation in which not only are states, institutions and organizations are having to be reconfigured, but the underlying conventional wisdom is being challenged and the political rules of the game are rewritten. Long held visions of and parameters for state legitimacy and resilience, economic policy, and modalities of citizen action have been upended by increasingly turbulent local and regional dynamics and factors and new contentious politics. What have states, institutions and organizations had to do to survive new stresses and conflict? What are the competing visions and groups battling for influence and control? What must states and citizens do to survive, adapt, and move forward? What kind of risks do states and institutions face in attempting long-term orientedreforms? Frameworks of analysis also continue to evolve as well to improve understanding of new phenomena. One relatively unusual framework that the panel will deploy is focusing much of the analysis and discussion within the interactive two-country Algeria-Tunisia frame, two countries which influence each other extraordinarily but which are almost always studied separately. The first paper will examine Algeria's foreign policy vis a vis Tunisia and beyond with a focus on "middle power" Algeria's reluctance to articulate a new strategy despite new insurgency and urgings by great powers. The second paper will look at impediments to economic revival in revolutionary Tunisia, including regional ones, with a focus on lack of institutional and structural evolution. The third paper will look at new revolutionary vs. elitist women's organizations in Tunisia and the evolving concerns of Tunisian citizens. The fourth panel will look not only at the interplay between Islamic State and Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb contestations, but at the attempts at grievance cooptation of mainstream civil society movements, such as the environmental movement. The final paper will look at the ways in which states have to adapt and diversify their survival toolkit. This panel features both established and emerging scholars from the region or with strong ties to the region, who have collectively conducted decades of research and, collectively, thousands of recent interviews in local languages.


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Yahia Zoubir

(KEDGE Business School, France)
Yahia H. Zoubir is Professor of International Studies and International Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics at KEDGE Business School (formerly EUROMED MANAGEMENT), Marseille, France. His recent works include, Global Security Watch: The...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Azzedine Layachi

(St. John's University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

William Lawrence

(George Washington University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Jacob A. Mundy

(Colgate University)
Jacob Mundy holds a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Peace & Conflict Studies and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies programs at Colgate University. He is the author of...
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant;

Maro Youssef

(University of Texas at Austin)
Maro Youssef is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, where is focused on gender, North Africa and political sociology. She received her M.A. in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University with...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

M. Tahir Kilavuz

(University of Notre Dame)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;