Kais Saied’s power grab in Tunisia did not take place in a vacuum. A combination of constitutional dysfunction, a self-serving party system and festering social tensions had left the country at breaking point. Now the man many hailed as a saviour threatens the achievements of the democratic revolution of 2011.
Senior Fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (Doha). He is the author of numerous academic articles and books, including Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy (OUP, 2009), and the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics: Interdisciplinary Inscriptions (2020). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Protest and co-author, with Layla Saleh, of a book on Tunisia’s revolution, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.