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Tunisia's Angel Investor Will Rome Bring Prosperity to North Africa?

Though the ancient Romans famously defeated the Carthaginians, today Tunisia, the modern-day location of Carthage, may depend on Italy for its survival as a newly democratic state. In fact, if Italy supports its ancient foe, the entire Maghreb region could actually benefit.

Published on March 27, 2014
Tunisia is not a major geopolitical player in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) compared to neighboring Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Egypt. Yet it is crucial to the stability of the region. While visiting Tunisia in February of this year, United States Secretary of State John Kerry praised the new Tunisian constitution as “a model for others in the region and around the world.” The Mediterranean badly needs a democratic success story, and Tunisia, its faults notwithstanding, is the post-revolutionary country most likely to achieve successful reform. Though nearby Libya and Egypt remain politically deadlocked, Tunisia has real hope...