Tunisia elections probably in November

Date: May 3, 2014 Source:  Reuters Brief: T(Reuters) – Tunisia’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will probably be held in the second half of November, the election agency chief said on Saturday, about polls that will mark the country’s final step towards full democracy. Read More  

TS Update-(Petty Crimes on the rise…)

Greetings Expat, I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather and finding time to explore Tunisia. As a security professional I am always monitoring trends, especially when it comes to expat personal safety & security.  During the last 3 months we’ve seen a steady increase of petty crimes (Carthage, La Marsa, Berges du Lac) specifically inContinue reading “TS Update-(Petty Crimes on the rise…)”

TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats, During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya. The U.S. EmbassyContinue reading “TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)”

Tunisia lawmakers start debate on key step in democratic transition

Date: April 8, 2014 Source:  REUTERS Brief:  (Reuters) – Tunisian Islamist and secular parties have begun a parliamentary debate on an election law, the final step before setting a ballot date to complete a transition to democracy in the country that lit the fuse of Arab popular uprisings.–Read more

Tunisia treads path to political stability but still faces tests

Date: April 07, 2014 Source:  REUTERS  Brief: (Reuters) – Three years after its uprising that inspired the Arab Spring revolutions, Tunisia is on its way to political stability with a new constitution and the promise of elections later this year. –Read more

Tunisia: Joint Statement By the United States and Tunisia

Date: April 06, 2014 Source:  allAfrica.com Brief: Tunis, — In their meeting last Friday in the Oval Office at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Tunisia.-Read more

Regional Security Update-Libya-Tunisia border post re-opens after weeks of tension

Date: April 07, 2014 Source:  The Daily Star Brief:  ZARZIS, Tunisia: The main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, a gateway for contraband Libyan petrol whose closure nearly a month ago fuelled tensions in southern Tunisia, reopened on Monday. –Read more  

Embassy Update-Lifting of Travel Warning for Tunisia

Date: March 28, 2014 Source:  US Embassy Tunis Brief:  Effective March 28, 2014 the U.S. Department of State lifted the Travel Warning for Tunisia which had been in place since September 15, 2012. The Department of State periodically reviews its Travel Warnings to ensure that they are up to date. After assessing the current situation inContinue reading “Embassy Update-Lifting of Travel Warning for Tunisia”

TS Update-(Spring Forecast)

Greetings Expats, Recently Stratford published a very informative article entitled “Tunisia After the Arab Spring”.  The article contains several key assessments which gives us a good idea about the challenges that Tunisia may experience. Here are the points that I highlighted while reading the article:   Militant activity & public unrest will remain the biggest challenges to Tunisia’sContinue reading “TS Update-(Spring Forecast)”