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Oussama Romdhani

Oussama Romdhani is the editor of The Arab Weekly, a publication dedicated to Middle East and North Africa issues. He served in the past in the Tunisian government and as a diplomat in Washington.

Articles By Oussama Romdhani

Europe’s Security-Only Strategy Will Not Curtail Migration From the South By Oussama Romdhani - Aug 22, 2022

The tragic procession of deaths and crushed dreams among African migrants desperate to reach Europe continues with no end in sight. In the first six months of 2022, nearly 1,000 migrants died trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands, and the ghastly tally grew by three this week, as a trio of migrants from Morocco died in yet … Continue reading “Europe’s Security-Only Strategy Will Not Curtail Migration From the South”

New Constitution Will Not Bridge Tunisia’s Divides By Oussama Romdhani - Jul 22, 2022

As expected, the publication of Tunisia’s proposed new constitution has not defused political tensions or painted a clearer picture of where the country is heading. Rather, the draft, to be submitted for national referendum on July 25, has only hardened positions around President Kais Saied, who seems unlikely to be distracted from the pursuit of his agenda. Despite issuing “corrections” to … Continue reading “New Constitution Will Not Bridge Tunisia’s Divides”

Political Showdown Pushes Tunisia Back to the Brink By Oussama Romdhani - Apr 12, 2022

For a day, at least, the specter of two legitimacies competing for power loomed large in Tunisia. On March 30, despite a warning by President Kais Saied that they were acting “illegally,” 116 MPs out of the assembly’s 217 members voted to repeal the decisions and decrees issued by the president since July, when he suspended parliament’s activities, … Continue reading “Political Showdown Pushes Tunisia Back to the Brink”

The Bill For Tunisia’s ‘Waithood’ is Long Overdue By Oussama Romdhani - Mar 7, 2022

For decades, young Tunisians have struggled to move beyond what American political scientist Diane Singerman refers to as “waithood,” the limbo where university graduates in the Middle East and North Africa idle as they look for employment. Today, the frustration of those unemployed youth epitomizes the predicament Tunisia finds itself in as the country searches for light … Continue reading “The Bill For Tunisia’s ‘Waithood’ is Long Overdue”