Tunisia: the revolution that wasn’t a revolution

Francis Ghilès joins Arab Digest editor William Law in this week’s podcast. Francis is a visiting fellow at King’s College London and an expert on North Africa politics, energy and security. He argues that what has been called Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution has failed despite the overthrow of Ben Ali in 2011 because the structure of dictatorship has remained essentially unchanged thus enabling a new dictator, in the shape of Kais Saied, to emerge.

Dollar shortages, debts and (in)formal capital controls in MENA

Summary: roughly a quarter of countries in the Arab League, including currently suspended member Syria, are suffering from currency depreciation, a US dollar shortage and rising debt levels. Issues are being compounded by surging inflation, while in some countries (in)formal capital controls and sanctions are impacting trade and debt repayments.

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