Tunisia is the rare outlier of the Arab Spring tsunami that felled autocratic governments across the Middle East and beyond. It has worked tirelessly to balance rising Islamist political forces with its secular, progressive roots — all while reviving its ailing economy. But the road to democracy is a bumpy one, and the North African nation of 11.4 million has yet to find its post-revolutionary footing.
Tunisian Ambassador Fayçal Gouia has witnessed this journey firsthand. Join us for The Washington Diplomat’s latest Ambassador Insider Series on Thursday, September 13, at the elegant Tunisian Residence, where Ambassador Gouia will share his insights on his country’s political and economic progress since the Jasmine Revolution, as well as the challenges it continues to face, from Islamic extremism to youth unemployment.
A dinner of traditional Tunisian cuisine as well as drinks will be served in the residence’s striking terrace and interiors following the discussion.
Ambassador Gouia is no stranger to the area, having served in Tunisia’s embassy in D.C. as cultural and press counselor in 1995; economic and commercial counselor in 1997; and deputy chief of mission in 1999. A former ambassador to Indonesia, his previous postings include director-general for the Americas and Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his country’s secretary of state for foreign affairs.
The event will be moderated by Anna Gawel, managing editor of The Washington Diplomat. Mrs. Gawel has had more than 100 articles published on world affairs, U.S. politics, foreign policy, national security, travel, arts and culture. She has also been tapped to speak as an expert on diplomacy and security at conferences and on news/radio broadcasts.
NOTE: this event has limited seating.