The United States and Tunisia: a foreign policy analysis
Olson, Eric Thor
Magnus, Ralph H.
Amos, John W.
Zyda, Michael J.
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The Republic of Tunisia is an Arab Muslim nation whose primary orientation since achieving independence nearly thirty years ago has been towards Westernization and modernization. Its political stability and economic progress have been remarkable. The coming decade, however, promises to be a period of turmoil for Tunisia, as a number oof social and political forces are creating an atmosphere of disunity and dissension which can be expected to undermine the national equilibrium. For the United States, the development of events in Tunisia is a matter of concern. The loss of Tunisia as a voice of moderation in Arab affairs would cause America to lose one of its strongest allies in the region and suffer a loss of prestige and influence in the North Africa/Middle East area. Further, the concept of Westernization as a means to promote human development would be weakended. This study analyzes the current situation in Tunisia and its implications for the United States in the context of its economic, political and strategic dimensions. American policy goals and options are examined and recommendations for future U.S. policy toward Tunisia are made. (Author)
Distinguished Alumni Award Program author. ADM Eric T. Olson, USN (Presented 4 Sept 08). NPS Hall of Fame author (November 30, 2012)Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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